The 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, with 40-60 suicides reported in the region per year since 2010. But despite this fluctuation, suicide rates in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have remained consistently higher than NSW state averages.
Approximately 74% of suicides in the Illawarra Shoalhaven are men, and more than half of the region's suicides (57.6%) are people aged 25 to 54 years.
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 deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.