Dear NSW Newsrooms & Programs,
Please find new NSW figures showing the community’s suicide concerns and impacts. These are released on World Suicide Prevention Day today to coincide with the release of Suicide Prevention Australia’s inaugural State of the Nation report (see below).
- 48% of NSW adults report personally knowing someone who has died by suicide. That equates to an estimated 3.1 million NSW residents.
- Over 1 million NSW residents estimated to have lost a family member to suicide.
- NSW has seen the equal biggest increase of any state, alongside Victoria, in public concern about the risk the economy poses to suicide rates in the wake of COVID19 over the past 12 months.
- 23% of NSW residents report visiting a suicide prevention service on their behalf – or someone else’s.