Dear Victorian Newsrooms & Programs,
Please find new Victorian 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).
- 47% of Victorians adults report personally knowing someone who has died by suicide. That equates to an estimated 2.4 million Victorians.
- Victoria has seen a spike in community concerns about the economy and social isolation impacting suicide rates in the wake of COVID19 and ongoing lockdowns.
- Victorian concerns about economy’s impact on suicide rates equal highest increase in the country (NSW).
- Victorian concern about social isolation impacting suicide rates has grown twice as high as any other state.
- Comes as over 700,000 Victorians estimated to have lost a family member to suicide.
- 27% of Victorians report visiting a suicide prevention service on their behalf – or someone else’s.