National suicide rates drop but not in the bush

A series of articles on suicide trends published by The Lancet today showed that the global suicide rate has increased by 45% over the past 45 years.

The rate in Australian men aged 20–34 years dropped from 40 per 100,000 in 1997–98 to 20 per 100,000 in 2003, but the authors warned that falling overall rates could mask worrying problems in specific regions, particularly rural areas, lower socio-economic groups, and particular ethnic groups.

Suicide rates amongst Indigenous men in Australia were among the highest in the world, with