Today at Suicide Prevention Australia’s National Suicide Prevention Conference, Chief Executive Sue Murray will launch Australia’s first comprehensive discussion paper on suicide and suicidal behaviour in women.
Sue Murray says of some of the key findings:
• “Women have higher rates of suicidal behaviour, i.e. ideation, planning and suicide attempts compared to men and when suicide mortality and morbidity are combined it has a large impact on public health in Australia and internationally.”
• “Even though women are highly represented in non-fatal suicidal behaviour they are not very visible in suicide prevention programs and research.”
• “The number of women aged 15-24 years who injured themselves so severely that they require hospital treatment has increased by more than 50% since 2000.”
• “It is important to emphasise that a focus on women in no way diminishes the focus on men, youth and other risk groups that represent the highest proportion of suicide deaths in this country.”
• “However, if we need additional investment in women’s issues and prevention in addition to that work, we are at risk of ignoring the potentially devastating trends in suicidal behaviour in women.”