More than 10 million adult Australians know someone who has taken their own life.
This toll will only climb unless more is done to support vulnerable people, Suicide Prevention Australia says.
It comes as an online survey of 1064 adults shows 56 per cent know someone who has committed suicide.
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“We’re essentially talking about half the adult population being personally touched by suicide one way or another,” Suicide Prevention Australia’s chief executive Nieves Murray said.
More than two-thirds of those surveyed want all government decisions to take into account the risk of suicide and build in plans to mitigate the fallout.
“We’ve seen the rapid changes in technology, boom and bust economic cycles and natural disasters over the past decade that can rapidly send shock waves through the community and pose real risks to suicide rates,” Ms Murray said.
Young people aged 12 to 25 are considered to be at greatest risk of suicide in the next decade, the survey shows.
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