A new book which aims to help close Australia’s gender suicide gap has been launched during Men’s Health Week (June 13 to 19, 2016) by the Stop Male Suicide project.
The book’s author, Glen Poole explains to Dave that male suicide claims the lives of over 2,000 men and boys a year in Australia and is costing the country $13B per annum and 670 thousand days of potential life are lost to male suicide every year in Tasmania alone.
As men are three times more likely to die by suicide, Poole says that closing the gender suicide gap would save the lives of more than a 120 men every month and save the Australian economy close to $9B a year.
Men and boys in Tasmania are now four times more likely to take their own lives than women and girls, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published in March. In Tasmania, closing the gender suicide gap would save 43 men’s lives a year and save the economy $258M per year.
Nationally, the rate of male suicide rose by 30% from 2004 and 2014 and politicians are coming under increasing pressure from campaigners to take a lead and tackle the issue.
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