Suicide prevention is a priority area for the Queensland Mental Health Commission.
Recent analysis of the Queensland Suicide Register between 2002-11 shows us that there has been a decrease in suicide rates since 2002, however Queensland remains above the national average at about 13.5 per 100,000 compared with just over 11 per 100,100 nationally.
But data in itself is not enough. We need to act collectively and as individuals.
Collectively we need to look beyond rates, to try and better understand what is happening, where and why.
Capturing and harnessing that information has the potential to greatly enhance our capacity to understand, and respond to, suicide and suicide attempts.
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