Deaths by suicide hit 10 year high | Northern Daily Leader

Thu Mar 10, 2016

TRAGIC new figures have revealed an increased number of people took their own lives in 2014, taking the national suicide rate to a 10-year high, which RichmondPRA New England manager Jim Booth says serves as a timely reminder to the community to reach out to anyone they are concerned about.

The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 2864 people died by suicide in 2014, an increase of almost 13.5 per cent from 2013.

“It’s a timely reminder that many people in the community are experiencing extreme distress,” Mr Booth said.

“It is a community issue that we all need to respond to and none of us can ignore.

“We understand the Commonwealth Department of Health is actively working on this and within the New England the mental health service providers including RichmondPRA are continuing to ensure nobody needs to be alone and without support,” he said. 

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