A Mental Health Report on Adolescents

2015 Report extract – Suicidal behaviours
Around 128,000 or 7.5% of young people aged 12-17 years had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. The proportion was over twice as high for females as for males (10.7% and 4.5% respectively). In addition, 4.7% of males and 6.6% of females answered “prefer not to say” to the question on suicidal ideation and were not asked subsequent questions about suicide plans or suicide attempts. As such, the results presented here may underestimate the full extent of suicidal behaviours in Australian young people.
Overall one third of young people who had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months, or 2.4% of all 12-17 year-olds, reported having attempted suicide in the previous 12 months. This is equivalent to 41,000 young people. One quarter or 0.6% of all 12-17 year-olds received medical treatment as a direct result of their injuries (Table 11-4).
Suicide attempts were more common among females than among males and for 16-17 year-olds compared with younger adolescents (4.7% for females and 2.9% for males aged 16-17 years compared with 2.7% for females and 0.8% for males aged 12-15 years in the previous 12 months).
Rates of suicidal behaviours by selected socio-demographic characteristics (family type, household income, carer education, carer labour force status and area of residence) are shown in supplementary tables S-58 through S-62. There were no significant differences in rates of suicidal behaviours by socio-demographic characteristics.
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