About suicide

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Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals, families, workplaces and communities across Australia.

It is important to have accurate and up-to-date information about suicide to inform coordinated and consistent planning, policy and practice. Enabling access to information about suicide, resources and national strategies, supports suicide prevention activities undertaken across Australia. In turn, this will provide an opportunity to foster conversations that empower the community to help-seeking.

Life in Mind is funded as part of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program and aims to increase knowledge sharing and build connections between organisations and communities working in suicide prevention across Australia.

The Life in Mind portal includes information about the factors that may increase the risk of suicide, as well as:

  1. warning signs that indicate a person may be considering suicide
  2. a range of programs and services available to organisations and the community
  3. what the evidence, data and research tells us about suicide prevention
  4. how to link policies with practice.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing personal distress or crisis, there are many ways you can get help

In this section

National suicide data

It is important to have accurate and up-to-date information about suicide data to inform planning, policy and practice.

Suicide prevention

Prevention focuses on reducing risk factors for suicide and enhancing protective factors.

Priority populations

This page looks at how certain populations may be at increased risk of suicide due to their experiences.

Suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Suicide, suicide ideation and self-harm are critically important and preventable public health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Contributing factors to suicidal behaviour

Social determinants refers to a range of social, cultural and political influences that contribute to suicide


The Life in Mind project aims to support the sector and the community to respond to and communicate about suicide and its impacts.

Lived experience

People with lived experience provide valuable insights into suicide prevention initiatives. The personal experience and understanding of their journey can guide prevention planning, treatment, and education and contribute to improved care and enhanced safety to reduce suicide attempts and deaths. Those with lived experience can provide hope and resilience to those at risk of suicide and support those in their recovery journey.

Glossary of terms

Definitions of suicide prevention terms, topics and concepts used in suicide prevention.