Suicide Risk and Prevention

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Suicide is a significant issue in Tasmania and across the nation.

Every life lost to suicide comes at a high personal cost to families, friends and communities.

Since being elected, the Tasmanian Government has committed an additional $3 million into suicide prevention.

Funding has been increased to deliver community action plans and action has been taken at places known for repeat suicides.

Further work is underway to develop a new Tasmanian Suicide Register and work is also underway to develop a new model to establish early intervention referral pathways following a suicide attempt or self-harm.

The Government also made a commitment to develop a new five year strategic direction for suicide prevention.

On Friday 11 March 2016, the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson released a suite of three documents:

  • Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020
  • Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020

Together this suite of documents sets the course for collaborative action to reduce suicide over the next five years.

The most recent suicide data was released by the ABS on 8 March 2016 and shows:

  • Tasmania's five year age-standardised suicide rate for 2010-2014 was 13.5 per 100 000.
  • Tasmania's age-standardised suicide rate for 2014 was 12.7 per 100 000.
  • Australia's five year age-standardised suicide rate for 2010-2014 was 11.2 per 100 000.
  • Australia's age-standardised suicide rate for 2014 was 12.0 per 100 000. 

Source: ABS 3303.0 Causes of Death Report, Australia, 2014


If you would like a hard copy of any of these strategies, plan or Sudden Loss Support Kit please contact the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate by phone on 03 6166 0778 or email