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Suicidal Behaviour

Learn more about the warning signs and characteristics of suicide behaviours.
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Suicidal Behaviour

Warning signs of suicide

  • Expressing negative comments about self
  • Expressing intent to die by suicide and having a plan to do so
  • Expressing suicidal thoughts
  • Putting personal affairs in order
  • Repeated expressions of hopelessness, helplessness or desperation.

Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour

  • Engage the person in a serious conversation
  • Look and listen for warning signs of suicide.

Incidence of Suicide

Around 20% of Australians are affected by some form of mental illness every year, yet many do not receive the treatment and support they need. The suicide rate among people with a mental illness is at least seven times higher than the general population. It is one of the main causes of premature death in this group.

Many people who die by suicide have experienced a mental illness. Often people who are considering suicide are dealing with a combination of poor mental health and difficult life events. But with effective treatment, social support, and time, many who have tried to end, or considered ending their lives can go on to live full and productive lives.

Source: SANE Australia, 2019.

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