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Data and Stats

Fast Facts

The Number of Deaths by Suicide in Western Australia during 2020.

381 Deaths in Total, An Average of One Per Day
295 were Males
86 were Females



Statistics on Suicide in Western Australia

  • Western Australia has the second highest age-standardised rate of suicide among children aged 5 to 17 years (3.2 deaths per 100,000 people)
  • 381 Western Australians died by suicide in 2020 – 2.54% of total deaths state-wide. This represents a decrease in the number of registered suicides compared to 418 in 2019 (ABS, Causes of Death, 2020)
  • The rate of suicide in Western Australia is 14.3 deaths per 100,000 which is higher than the national average of 12.1 deaths per 100,000
  • There were 295 suicides by males and 86 by females in WA.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for 15-44 year olds in Australia
  • Research indicates that 85% of Australians know someone who has died by suicide.
  • Western Australia has the highest age-standardised rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (33.3 deaths per 100,000 people). This was considerably higher than the national average for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over this period (25.6 deaths per 100,000 people)