Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians aged 15 to 44 (www.blackdoginstitute.org.au).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports into the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving ADF Personnel found that:
The rate of suicide was 13% higher among ex-serving men compared with all Australian men.
51% of ADF suicides were of people no longer serving at the time of their death.
Ex-serving men aged 18–24 had a suicide rate twice as high as all Australian men of the same age.
Suicide rates for ex-serving men aged 18–49 were between 3 and 4 times as high as for men aged 50–84.
FACT: The most at-risk population – males, 18-29 years who have discharged from the Defence Force.
FACT: The 12-month transition period post-discharge is the most critical time.