The time for action is now!
Suicide is an issue that affects all communities. Recent preliminary data indicated there were 3,144 deaths by suicide in 2021. This equates to an average of about nine deaths by suicide in Australia each day.
While this is a stark reminder of the work still to be done, it is possible with renewed focus, renewed resources, and renewed ways of working that we can turn this around together.
Our institute works across local, state and national initiatives and can support the coordination needed to deliver successful responses to the communities we serve.
We acknowledge all people who have direct experience of suicide, including those who have attempted suicide, those bereaved by suicide and those caring for someone who has attempted suicide. The voice of people with lived and living experience is essential in developing our suicide prevention work.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on and pay our respects to elders past, present and future. We also pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and communities who support our work and partner with us to reduce the impact of suicide across Australia.
We acknowledge the many organisations, service providers, and community members who work in partnership with us and share their views, knowledge and expertise, and stories to help shape our work.