Thursday, October 29, 2015
Australian Suicide Rates and Men
According to an article written by Susan Beaton and Dr. Peter Forster in InPsych of 2012, “suicide is the number one killer of men under 44 …” (Beaton) in Australia. The rate of suicide among men versus women (all ages) is 3 – 1. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2012 young men between 15 – 24 were twice as likely to die of suicide than women and with regard to “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the rate of suicide in male youth from 15 – 19 was over 4 times higher than other Australian youth” (ABS) and the highest rate of suicide occurs in young aboriginal men between the ages of 20 – 24 yrs. It should be noted that the median age for suicide is going down and in the past year there were two cases of boys as young as 11 killing themselves. This is a crises and we need to understand why so many of our young men are choosing to end their lives.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, (2012) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Deaths. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3309.0~2010~Chapter~Aboriginal+and+Torres+Strait+Islander+suicide+deaths?OpenDocument
Beaton, Susan & Forster, P. (2012) Insights into men’s suicide. InPsych August 2012
White, Cassie (2013) ABC Health & Wellbeing