Assess And Respond To Individuals At Risk Of Self-harm Or Suicide Week 5

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Assess And Respond To Individuals At Risk Of Self-harm Or Suicide Week 5

  1. 1. Suicide Perceptions:Historical <ul><li>Ancient Greece & Rome: Honourable & heroic </li></ul><ul><li>Early Christianity: Suicide seen as a mortal sin, denied burial in hallowed ground. </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese soldiers: Suicide seen as honourable death during 2 nd World War </li></ul><ul><li>Suicide as a crime: England & Wales: Last countries in Europe to decriminalise suicide until 1961; People imprisoned for attempting suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorists: Suicide bombings:honourable </li></ul>
  2. 2. Suicide in Australia <ul><li>Suicide takes the lives of more than two thousand Australians every year & has devastating impacts on families, friendship groups, workplaces & communities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Statistics on suicide in Australia <ul><li>More people in Australia take their own life than die from motor vehicle accidents in a year. </li></ul><ul><li>Coroner verdict: Evidence that a person died as a result of a deliberate act to cause his or her own death. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rates & trends in Australia <ul><li>2006: 1,799 deaths by suicide ABS </li></ul><ul><li>8.7 PER 100,000 people rate dropping steadily since 14.7 per 100,000 in 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Males accounted for 78% of these deaths </li></ul><ul><li>Suicide accounted for nearly one fifth of all deaths amongst young men aged 20-34 yrs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Statistics & trends <ul><li>Suicides among males 15-19 yrs has more than halved over recent yrs. </li></ul><ul><li>1997 – 121 males in this age group died by suicide (18.5 per 100,000) </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – 67 males 15-19 yrs died by suicide (9.5 per 100,000) </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – Females 15-19 yrs 24 suicides per 100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>1997 – Females 15-19 yrs 33 suicides per 100,000 </li></ul>

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