AUSTRALIA STATISTICS 

Every day in Australia, approximately seven men die by suicide.

In Australia, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.

In 2019, an average of 6.9 men died by suicide every day across Australia. Three times as many men as women took their lives in 2019. There were 2,502 suicide deaths among males (a rate of 19.8 deaths per 100,000 compared to 816 female deaths a rate of 6.3 deaths per 100,000.

Evidence indicates men are far less likely to seek help for mental health conditions than women.

The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing study found that in the previous year, only 27.5% of males with a mental disorder and recent symptoms had accessed services for their mental health problems compared with 40.7% of females. Estimating treatment rates for mental disorders in Australia had increased significantly in recent years but did not provide a gender breakdown.

One in eight Australian men will experience depression in their lifetime.

12.2% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective disorder over their lifetime. This is equivalent to at least 1.15 million males today.

One in five Australian men will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.

20.4% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an anxiety disorder over their lifetime. This is equivalent to at least 1.93 million males today.

One in seven Australian men experiences depression or anxiety or both in any year.

13.3% of Australian men aged 16 to 85 have experienced an anxiety and/or affective disorder in the past 12 months. This is equivalent to at least 1.26 million Australian men today. Note: the percentage of Australians who have lifetime experience of anxiety and/or an affective disorder is unknown.

Men are less likely than females to experience depression and/or anxiety.

12.2% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective disorder in their lifetime compared to 17.8% of females.

 

20.4% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an anxiety disorder in their lifetime compared to 32% of females.

Men are less likely than females to be currently experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

5.3% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective disorder in the last 12 months compared to 7.1% of females. 10.8% of Australian males aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective disorder in the past 12 months compared to 17.9% of females.

This figure, and all current population figures in this section, has been calculated by extrapolating the current Australian male 16-85 year-old population from ABS Australian Demographic Statistics as of 30 June 2016. The population figure, which is 9,484,939, has then been multiplied by the rate in ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (2008)