More support urged to lower suicide rate

Suicide rates in men and women between the ages of 15 and 44 are almost double that of road-related deaths, according to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Lifeline’s Broken Hill manager, Richard Lines, says the New South Wales Government needs to do more to improve suicide prevention, such as appointing a minister for mental health as the South Australian Government has.

He says there are a number of factors that can lead to suicide, and a variety of support is needed to prevent it.

“When you’re talking 15 you’re talking [the] start of relationships, mid-40s is when couples are getting divorced, families are breaking up, [the] sort of thing that may well be a contributing factor, the relationship side of things,” Mr Lines said.

“If support is available through relationship issues, through alcohol [and] other drugs [issues] then possibly that toll can be reduced.”