There were 383 registered deaths by suicide in Western Australia in 2018, representing 2.6% of total deaths state-wide and 12.6% of all suicide deaths in Australia. 285 were male, 98 were female and 39 were First Nations people. While there has been a slight decrease in deaths by suicide, Western Australia continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
Each death by suicide is an enduring tragedy for loved ones left behind.
Suicide prevention forms a large part of Alison’s life work. She has been personally affected by the death by suicide of a family member - and her own experience has helped inform and drive the extensive work she has undertaken in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention.