National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System

The National Suicide Prevention Office, together with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), has established Australia’s first national suicide and self-harm monitoring system.

The monitoring system aims to increase transparency and access to information so that Australians can have a more informed understanding of suicide and self-harm to improve the ways we respond to suicide, helping us to reduce suicide in Australia.

Suicide & self-harm monitoring data now available

Safety

Please be mindful of the sensitive nature of the information in the suicide monitoring system and take care of your mental health and wellbeing when engaging with this information. There are a range of options for support available here. 

Responsible reporting

Reporting the information in the suicide monitoring system without reference to Mindframe guidelines or without applying media codes of practice for safe reporting has the potential to cause harm. The principles of the suicide monitoring system advocate the safe and responsible use of the Mindframe guidelines when using, reporting and publishing statistics on suicide and self-harm. 

Latest data releases

The latest update in September 2023 includes the most recent data about hospitalisations and ambulance attendances for suicide ideation, suicide attempts and self-harm behaviours, and presents a new resource, the Australian Youth Self-Harm Atlas. The Atlas supports a better understanding of the suicide behaviours of 12- to 17-year-olds by local areas to enhance the planning of suicide prevention services.

About the suicide monitoring system

The monitoring system brings together data on suicide, intentional self-harm, and suicidal behaviours from a range of data sources and surveys. The data is presented in an accessible way and includes interactive data visualisations and geospatial mapping to illustrate and explore the statistics, as well as explanatory text to assist with interpretation.

The monitoring system content is regularly updated as new data become available. Additional data sources will also be added as they become available.

Principles

To ensure the suicide monitoring system continues to inform improvements in both community awareness and prevention of suicide and self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Office led the development of a set of principles to guide the decisions about what data is included in the system and how it is accessed. The principles were co-developed with input from the Expert Advisory Group and people with lived experience of suicide. For more information see Principles for the system.

Lived Experience

The National Suicide Prevention Office chairs a Lived Experience Advisory Group to support the suicide monitoring system. Members of this group play an important role in the development and presentation of the data on the website and will continue to provide critical insights into how we can improve the suicide monitoring system to better prevent suicide in Australia.

Here are a couple of our Lived Experience working group members talking about their contributions to the development of the suicide monitoring system.

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Introduction
0:04 my name is sam fewings and i am a father
0:07 and i am a husband um and i'm also
0:11 someone with lived experience of suicide
0:13 and suicidal ideation
0:15 i have been involved
0:17 with this project for 12 to 18 months
0:21 as a lived experience advisor
0:23 and on occasion had the uh the privilege
0:26 of
0:27 sharing my thoughts um on
0:31 the development and and how important it
0:33 is um and it's been an absolute
0:35 privilege to do it and i'm very grateful

Who are you
0:37 my name is emily unity and my pronouns
0:40 are she day
0:41 i'm a person of lift experience of
0:43 personal attempts of suicide and
0:45 bereaving family and friends to suicide
0:48 i use my privilege as lived experience
0:50 advisor to ensure that diverse lived
0:52 experiences of suicide are at the heart
0:54 of the system's design and continuous
0:56 improvements some key focus areas for me
0:59 have been ensuring that the system is
1:01 person-centred transparent safe and
1:04 ultimately guaranteeing that nothing is
1:06 done about us without us

What do you think
1:10 um i think anything we can do to try and
1:12 improve
1:13 um suicide monitoring anything we can do
1:16 to try and bust myths by using data
1:20 by looking at the actual facts the
1:22 statistics
1:24 is going to be incredibly helpful um
1:26 i think that uh
1:28 even if it saves one life um
1:31 this whole project has been worth it um
1:34 because as we all know that
1:36 suicide has a ripple effect um and it
1:38 devastates families and it's um it's
1:41 something that we really need to focus
1:42 on so i think it's incredibly important
1:46 deaths by suicide are preventable
1:48 this system can help governments
1:50 services and communities to identify
1:53 emerging trends and priority populations
1:55 affected by suicide
1:57 it is my hope that the system can create
1:59 more opportunities to co-design suicide
2:01 prevention initiatives that are timely
2:03 effective and accessible

Conclusion
2:11 i made a decision a couple of years ago
2:13 to
2:14 do this work full-time i left a
2:16 corporate role
2:18 because
2:19 i felt like
2:21 there was more i could do
2:23 to help
2:24 it is
2:25 absolutely vital
2:27 work that everybody's doing in the
2:31 suicide prevention space
2:33 and anything that we can do to help
2:36 even one person get the right level of
2:38 assistance
2:39 identify where someone might be in
2:41 crisis
2:42 provide opportunities for academics or
2:45 others
2:46 to inform policy um is
2:51 is vital and is uh very close to my
2:53 heart
2:55 um
2:56 as someone who has survived a number of
2:58 suicide attempts um
3:00 and you know as i said i'm a father and
3:03 i'm a i'm a husband and things like that
3:06 [Music]
3:07 you know
3:08 suicide
3:09 i am the face of suicide there is no
3:12 i'm one of the many faces of suicide um
3:15 and so to be able to help another person
3:17 to be able to have someone
3:19 be helped by this system um
3:21 it's it makes me incredibly grateful and
3:23 i'm i'm i'm really
3:25 thankful that i had the opportunity to
3:27 do it i am one of a group of lived
3:29 experience advisors who have lived
3:30 through unfathomable experiences and we
3:33 want to change the narrative for other
3:34 people
3:36 i'm honored and privileged to have had
3:38 the opportunity to co-design the system
3:40 and i will continue to do everything i
3:42 can to help reduce suicide
3:48 you

Expert Advisory Group members

The National Suicide Prevention Office manages an Expert Advisory Group for the suicide monitoring system to support the development, implementation, and application of the monitoring system by providing advice as required.

The membership of the Expert Advisory Group includes representation from suicide prevention experts, academics and researchers, service providers, and people with lived experience.

  • Dr Alex Hains, Chair, a/Head, National Suicide Prevention Office
  • Dr Jaelea Skehan, Member, Director Everymind
  • Mr Alan Woodward, Member, National Mental Health Commissioner
  • Dr Grant Sara, Member, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Ms Nieves Murray, Member, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Ms Nicky Bath, Member, CEO, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
  • Associate Professor Jo Robinson, Member, Head Suicide Prevention Research, Orygen
  • Ms Leilani Darwin, Member, Centre of Best Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
  • Mr Mark Davis, Lived Experience representative
  • Dr Nerida Volker, Lived Experience representative
  • Emily Unity, Lived Experience representative

EAG meetings to date

The Expert Advisory Group has met quarterly between November 2019 and July 2023.

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