The Illawarra Shoalhaven population comprises a significant number of young families with dependent children, young people (19.5%) and a higher than average number of older people (18.5%) who have relocated to the region in their retirement. There are approximately 13,000 people (3.5%) who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and 18.4% of the population were born overseas.
Suicide rates within the Illawarra Shoalhaven fluctuate between 40-60 suicides per year. But, despite this fluctuation, rates have remained consistently higher than national and NSW state averages.
The Collaborative was established in 2015 to tackle the region’s high rates of suicide and has is now a pilot site for the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan project, which aims to reduce suicide deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.
Find out how you can join the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative today, and be part of the movement to help reduce suicide in our region.