Suicide is four times more common in men than women, and
research shows that male suicides account for around three
quarters of all suicide deaths in Australia (Commonwealth of Australia, 2010). Men of
all ages and backgrounds can be at risk. Statistics tell us that
the men who are at most risk are:
- Young or in their middle years (20 to 44 years old);
- Older men (over 75);
- Men living in rural and remote areas;
- Men in prison or custody;
- Men from Indigenous communities; and
- Men undergoing traumatic life events.
Potentially traumatic life events that may increase men’s
likelihood of suicide include relationship breakdown, separation
from children, unemployment, financial stress and social
isolation. For some, these events can lead to feelings of shame
and guilt, which can further increase risk (Commonwealth of
For more information and resources, try the following:
- Conduct a library search using
the keyword 'men'
- View profiles of National Suicide
Prevention Strategy men programs
- Read LIFE News
issue 7: men
- Visit LIFE's links page.
The following are
some organisations specialising in men's mental health and
wellbeing in Australia.
Australian Men's Shed Association
AMSA specialises in the needs of men, their
health and wellbeing, and their communities. The Shed
Online is also available for peer support.
Men’s Health Australia
Australia is a primary source of information about the
psychological and social wellbeing of men and boys.
Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association
Men’s Health and Wellbeing
Association (Queensland) provides information and
resources for the health and wellbeing of men and boys.
Australia provides 24 hour professional phone
counselling and referral. They can be contacted on 1300 789
Mental health & wellbeing
Mental health & wellbeing provides
information on the Australian Government’s role and contributions
to mental health reform activities in Australia.
Read the Signs
Signs is a campaign that aims to promote help seeking
strategies and suicide prevention.