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Intentional self-harm deaths of young persons in Australia

Released October 2020
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deaths, 2001-2017
deaths per year on average
of all intentional self-harm deaths


Intentional self-harm was the 14th leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death for people aged 15-24 years in 2018.

There were 5961 intentional self-harm deaths of people aged under 25 years reported to an Australian coroner between 2001 and 2017, comprising 13.8% of all intentional self-harm deaths. The highest proportion of deaths were notified to a coroner in Queensland, followed by New South Wales and Victoria. Males comprised the majority of youth self-harm deaths (75.2%).

Data sources

The data was extracted from the NCIS in July 2020. The data set contained every closed case reported to an Australian coroner between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2017 where the death occurred in Australia, was due to intentional self-harm and where the deceased was aged under 25 years. See explanatory notes for information on data sources and limitations. For further data, request a data report.

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