Inquiry into Suicide in Australia


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November 2009

Although identifying those who choose to take their own life is extremely difficult, the reasons for trying to prevent suicide are not only important in terms of loss of life, but also due to the impact on family, friends and communities more broadly. This submission highlights the needs of suicide-bereaved people, including recognition of their heightened risk for suicidal behaviours. Issues related to young people, men and Indigenous communities are also addressed. In particular, the evaluation conducted by AIFS of the National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy showed that many activities can effectively prevent suicide in young people.