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 Australia, 2007).

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.

Key organisations

The following are some organisations specialising in men's mental health and wellbeing in Australia.

Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA)
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
Men’s Health Australia is a primary source of information about the psychological and social wellbeing of men and boys.

Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association (Queensland)
Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association (Queensland) provides information and resources for the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

MensLine Australia
MensLine Australia provides 24 hour professional phone counselling and referral. They can be contacted on 1300 789 978.

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
Read the Signs is a campaign that aims to promote help seeking strategies and suicide prevention.