Each year globally more than 800,000 people die by suicide, and for each death there are many more attempts. The impact on families and communities is devastating.
Alone, these figures should stand out to us as a global pandemic stands out, but suicide is rarely prioritised as a major public health problem.
Here in Australia about 3000 people take their own lives each year, and of these some 400 are young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Their lives should be just beginning.