Young Australians are disproportionately vulnerable to experiencing self-harm and suicide. Self-harm, or self-injury, is often done in secret and is most common in young people aged 11-25 years as a means of trying to cope. In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for males and females aged between 15 and 44; tragically, around 3,000 people in Australia each year take their own lives. For every suicide, there are ripple effects for friends, families and the wider community. We can all play a role in preventing suicide by looking out for possible warning signs, reaching out, and talking about it.
This title explores risk factors, warning signs and responses to self-harming and suicidal behaviours. Prevention strategies are explained, focusing on help-seeking and enhancing protective factors. Self-harm and suicide prevention requires coordinated action from governments, health care, community workers, workplaces, schools and other educational settings, and the media, as well as individuals, families and communities. Learn how to cope with more help and support. Life is meant for living well.