Suicide across the lifespan

Suicide prevention and postvention across the lifespan

In this section

Risk and protective factors for suicide

Factors that may increase a person’s risk of suicide and factors that may protect people from suicide.

Young people

A range of interacting factors related to individual mental health, family and social circumstance are associated with an increased risk of suicide among young people.


The rate of suicide for men in Australia is approximately three times higher than for women.

Older persons

Older adults (those 65 years and older) are exposed to a range of risk factors that can increase vulnerability to suicide.