ABS Data Release: Each life lost is so much more than a number

Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the Causes of Death data for 2019, including preliminary suicide death data for Australia.

The latest data shows that in 2019, 3,318 people died by suicide nationally, which equates to more than nine Australians every day. This is an increase in deaths from 3,138 in 2018.

OzHelp’s CEO, Mr Darren Black said today’s news is distressing and emphasises the importance of taking services to where they are needed the most.

“Not only have we lost 3,318 lives, but behind these numbers are tens of thousands of people who have been left with the devastating and far reaching impacts of losing someone to suicide.”

“Each life lost is more than a number, and it is difficult to accept when you believe suicide is preventable.” Mr Black said.

These statistics remind OzHelp why its suicide prevention and early intervention work is so crucial.

OzHelp’s boots on the ground approach reaches over 40,000 people each year, delivering mental health education and suicide prevention programs within some of Australia most at-risk industries for suicide. These are predominantly male dominated industries which include construction, transport and farming.

The programs connect with workers to help them achieve optimal wellness and mental strength, increase their willingness to seek support when they need it and improve their confidence and skills to offer supports to others.

“Education, training and early intervention can make a difference to people and communities, and after such a tough year, it is more important than ever that services on the ground are expanded to reach those most at risk. ” Mr Black said.

Media contact: Rebecca McHarg: 0419 278 329

About OzHelp

OzHelp is a leading provider of workplace wellbeing programs specialising in mental health and suicide prevention.

Accredited under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, OzHelp is leading the sector in innovation and has been selected by the Federal Department of Health to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Strategy.

Need to talk to someone?

Help is available. Call OzHelp 1300 394 357, Lifeline 13 11 14, MensLine Australia 1300 789 978, or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.