People die everyday in Western Australia, but rarely from suicide, or so it seems.
Disturbing information released by the Chief Justice Wayne says Western Australia’s suicide rate is 50% worse than the road toll, but gets much less attention.
“The recorded suicides, which are probably less than real ones, each year in Western Australia are about 300. That compares to the road toll of about 200, so the suicide rate is about 50 per cent more than the road toll,” he said.
An audit of 28 electorates between 2009-12 found suicide rates exceeded the road toll. Perhaps some deaths shouldn’t be included the road toll because there are no skid marks before the crashes. Perhaps taking more action on suicide prevention may even reduce the road toll, but how will we know unless this becomes a serious issue for government.
Suicide prevention coupled with a strong support system for mental illness must be a priority for our health system.
I commit to make mental health and suicide prevention a high priority, should I be elected on 2 July 2016.