Concert for Life tackles suicide prevention

​Every day in Australia almost seven people die by suicide—and it is shocking statistics like this that brought together some of our finest musicians in a fundraising concert in Sydney (10 September), marking World Suicide Prevention Day.

Concert for Life tackles suicide prevention


Conductor and viola player Roger Benedict, world-renowned oboe soloist Diana Doherty and the Orchestra for Life—members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra—performed Concert for Life at the Sydney Town Hall.

All proceeds will go to Suicide Prevention Australia and Lifeline Australia for much needed research and education programs.

Concert for Life engaged The Electric Canvas, part of the team behind Vivid Sydney, to create projections on the Town Hall organ during the concert.

Chair of Lifeline and leading suicide prevention advocate, John Brogden, spoke at the concert. In 2005 at the age of 36 and touted as ‘premier-in-waiting’, Brogden himself attempted suicide and has since been diagnosed with depression.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, with almost twice as many people dying from suicide in Australia than on our roads. In fact, alarmingly, deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.

Concert for Life featured Prokofiev, Mozart and Beethoven.


  • Deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.
  • The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) reports deaths due to suicide at 2,535.
  • The overall suicide rate in 2012 was 11.0 per 100,000, compared to the 2011 rate of 9.9 per 100,000.
  • In 2012, 1,901 males (16.8 per 100,000) and 634 females (5.6 per 100,000) died by suicide.
  • This equates to almost seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day.
  • Men account for three out of every five deaths by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for males.
  • For those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, the suicide rate is 2.5 times higher for males and 3.4 times higher for females.
  • The most recent data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) shows that almost twice as many people died from suicide in Australia, than in road related transport deaths (1,310 vs 2,535).

Suicide attempts

  • For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt.
  • That’s around 200 attempts per day.
  • That’s more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes.


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