Advancing our knowledge of people who die by suicide in order to improve suicide prevention

David M Lawrence and Barbara Sheil
Med J Aust 2023; 219 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.52011
Published online: 17 July 2023

With suicide rates high and burgeoning rates of self‐harm, suicide prevention is a key national priority. While there are many paths to wanting not to live, some common patterns have been identified. Most people who die by suicide have histories of mental health problems, most frequently depression, and many have repeatedly sought help prior to their deaths.1

  • 1 Curtin University, Perth, WA
  • 2 Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, Perth, WA

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