Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Preventing suicide in WA

There were 383 registered deaths by suicide in Western Australia in 2018, representing 2.6% of total deaths state-wide and 12.6% of all suicide deaths in Australia. 285 were male, 98 were female and 39 were First Nations people. While there has been a slight decrease in deaths by suicide, Western Australia continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

Each death by suicide is an enduring tragedy for loved ones left behind.

Mental Health and the 10-Year Plan

The Western Australian mental health system is failing to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. There are many gaps in services; demand is growing and, despite Government investment in some areas, it is nowhere near enough. The 10-Year Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan was devised through extensive consultation from within the sector, to plan for the state’s anticipated services needs for the decade from 2015.


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