By Mazoe Ford.
The number of Australians who took their own lives surpassed 3,000 last year for the first time, new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have revealed.
In 2015, there were 3,027 people who died by suicide — 2,292 were men and 735 were women.
The figures show that deaths from self-harm are three times more common for males than females, however the number of women who end their lives is going up.
Chief executive of Suicide Prevention Australia, Sue Murray, told ABC News this trend was concerning.
“We have seen a 26 per cent increase in the suicide rates among women and the numbers of suicides among women (rise) over the last five year period,” Ms Murray said.
“We don’t know why this is occurring, so we really need to see the government come on board with investment in research, so we can really understand what it is that is bringing about this increase and the way in which [women] are choosing to take their own lives.”
The ABS statistics also reveal that the number of teenage girls who die by suicide has almost doubled in a year.
In 2015, 56 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 ended their lives, up from 38 in 2014.
“The numbers are not large but certainly the fact that it is a 45 per cent increase in a one-year period certainly needs good investigation,” Ms Murray said.