CQ third worst region in Queensland for suicide rate

THE number of suicides in central Queensland has increased in the past decade, despite a new report showing a decline in the statewide rate.

The Suicides in Queensland (2008-10) report revealed male suicide was on the rise, with the Mackay-Fitzroy region recording the third-worst suicide rate in Queensland.

More male suicides occurred in the Mackay-Fitzroy region than in Brisbane and outer Brisbane suburbs.

The findings come days after Gladstone residents commemorated those taken by suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day and RU OK Day?

In recent months, Gladstone has been rocked by a number of suicide deaths.

The report also found:

  • There were 23.5 male suicides per 100,000 people recorded in Mackay-Fitzroy region between 1996 and 2010.
  • The rate of female suicide across the state is the highest it has ever been, with 6.6 suicides per 100,000 people between 1990 and 2010.

The data was recorded by the Queensland Suicide Register, a suicide mortality database, and is managed by Griffith University's Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.

Uniting Care Gladstone operations manager Leanne Montgomery said that an increase in Gladstone's construction workforce could be linked to the male suicide rate in the region.

"The suicide rates for males in the construction industry are more than two times higher than the national average for men," Ms Montgomery said.

"Some factors contributing to this could be the long hours working away from home that could lead to a sense of isolation, family breakdown, increase in alcohol use and increased stress."

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