Most deaths by suicide are among people of working age. Suicide is the leading cause of death for males aged 25–44 years and females aged 25–34 years.
Adults spend about a third of their waking hours at work. Suicide is mostly preventable yet significant gaps exist in our understanding of the relationship between work and suicide, limiting prevention efforts. One Australian study found that 17% of suicides in Victoria from 2000–2007 were work-related.
In a position statement released today at the Construction Industry inaugural Mental Health Conference in Brisbane, Suicide Prevention Australia identifies the workplace as playing a vital role in the creation of a suicide safe community.
To read more and download the position statement click here.
To view SPA’s media release regarding the release of the position statement click here.