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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Australian men aged over 85 have the highest rate of suicide

Australian men aged over 85 have the highest rate of suicide
- Among males aged 15-19 years old the suicide rate was 11.8 deaths per 100,000 people, but suicide accounted for 28.6 per cent of all deaths in that age group.
The highest female suicide rate was within the 45-49 year age group, at 10.4 deaths per 100,000. The lowest death rate for females was among those aged 65-69 years — 4.5 deaths.
Monash University Professor Paul Komesaroff said a lack of support was partly to blame for poor mental health in many older Australians.
"Elderly people have often been blamed for soaking up disproportionate quantities of our healthcare resources," he said.