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The information included here places an emphasis on data, and as such, can appear to depersonalise the pain and loss behind the statistics. The AIHW acknowledges the individuals, families and communities affected by suicide each year in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that information relating to Indigenous suicide and self-harm is included.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on statistics on the monitoring of suicide and self-harm.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15–24 (See Deaths in Australia). The proportion of deaths by suicide is relatively high among children and young people due to the fact these age groups do not tend to die from other causes.
Suicide deaths of children and young people, Australia, 2010 to 2018.
The line graph shows the age-specific rates of suicide for children and young people aged 14 and below, 15–17 and 18–24 from 2010 to 2018. Users can also choose to view the number of deaths by suicide and deaths by suicide as a proportion of all causes of death for each age group over the period. The highest rates of suicide across the period were for young people aged 18–24, which increased from 5.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 2010 to a high of 7.6 in 2018, with some fluctuation in between.
Throughout 2010 to 2018, age-standardised suicide rates:
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