After Suicide

It’s not an easy topic, but given the statistics that were released this week it is important to talk about it.

Did you see the stats?

8 people suicide in Australia every day. I had a chat with Nadine Morton a journalist for the Central West who  wrote:

EACH and every day last year eight people ended their lives by suicide, but Lifeline's Stephanie Robinson says communities can make a real difference to the heartbreak.

Last year 3046 Australians died by suicide and while that's 82 less than the year before, it's more than double the national road toll of 1145 deaths.

Of those who died, 76 per cent (2320 people) were male and the highest number of deaths fell into the 45-49 year old category, the data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday reveals.

"Females attempt suicide more often than men do, but men often use a more lethal means and end up dying by suicide," Lifeline Central West chief executive officer Ms Robinson said.

The ABS also showed that NSW was the only state to record an increased number of suicides - from 880 in 2017 to 899 in 2018.

While relieved that the national suicide rate had dropped, Ms Robinson admits she expected it would have increased in this latest report.

Photo credit: Rémi Walle on Unsplash

This year at NALAG 10 percent of our referrals have been for people who are bereaved by suicide. Grief after suicide can feel worse when people feel isolated and unable to access support. Support from friends and family is so important but don’t forget you can reach out to NALAG for grief support for yourself or to get advice about how to support a friend or workmate who is grieving.

Immediately after suicide people often need:

  • simple, clear, truthful information;

  • an advocate – someone who knows you and your needs well, who will absorb information that may be overwhelming for you, and who will help you deal with the police, the Coroner’s Court or the media. Ideally, this would be a friend or relative, but a sensitive support worker or other health professional may be good as well; (NALAG can give support with the reading of the Coroner’s report)

  • access to the person who has died;

  • love, sensitive understanding and support;

  • safety.

You can also find information about grief after suicide HERE and find NALAG’s other brochures HERE.

For more information on NALAG services, please visit


Dr. Kerrie Noonan is the Clinical Manager at NALAG NSW. You can follow her adventures HERE on the blog and you can support NALAG’s work by becoming a member HERE.


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7 Welchman Street

Dubbo NSW 2830


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