The shocking truth behind Australia's suicide crisis and why the number of suicides will rise by 40 percent in the coming decade
- Mortgage debt and the job economy have been blamed for a mental health crisis
- It is predicted that suicide rates will increase by 40 percent over the next 10 years
- Report, released on Suicide Prevention Day, mentioned a & # 39; wake up call & # 39;
Mortgage debt and the gig economy are to blame for the mental health crisis in Australia, a new report claims.
Turning points: Imagine a world without suicide saying the suicide rate is on track to rise dramatically – by 40 percent in the next decade – unless Australia does more to prevent this.
The report, released on Suicide Prevention Day, predicts that by 2030 1,300 extra deaths per year will occur if the deterioration of the past decade continues.
Suicide prevention Nieves Murray, CEO of Australia, said the findings were an important wake-up call to look beyond traditional healthcare responses.
"Australia has a world-class safety net with mental health and suicide prevention services, ready to help," Murray said.
Brieze Montiero, 31, took his own life last year in his flat in Perth and left two young children behind. He became depressed after a relationship broke down
& # 39; The challenge for this decade is to prevent the next wave of stressors – whether they are financially, personally or ecologically – from turning into a threat to suicide rates in the first place. & # 39;
On average, six men and two women end their own lives in Australia every day, a total of 3128 suicides a year – the same level as 50 years ago.
Ms. Murray said Australia should be better at proactively predicting economic and social risks around the corner to prevent the suicide rate from increasing.
& # 39; It's time to take action now – Australia can't afford ten years of increasing suicide rates, & # 39; she said.
The model in & # 39; Turning Points: Imagine a World Without Suicide & # 39; report shows 3801 deaths from suicide in a single year by 2030 in the current trajectory.
If that continues to worsen, that figure will rise to 4430 suicide deaths per year by 2030.
& # 39; We predict that the federal government's $ 15 million investment in improved and coordinated data collection and retrieval will result in a higher percentage of official suicides than currently being recorded & # 39 ;, the report says.
It also noted that the burden of mortgage debt leads to psychological problems and deteriorated mental health outcomes, while the job economy and the increasing use of contractors further isolate lonely people.
& # 39; An immediate priority for the suicide prevention sector is to investigate and understand how vulnerable people can best be supported before they reach the crisis point & # 39; said the report.
Occupational Health spokesperson, Chris Bowen, said his party would work with the government on suicide prevention.
& # 39; Every day must be suicide prevention, & # 39; said Bowen.
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