Man Stats

Facts and stats that are just as important as the sporting type.


Suicide

Almost seven people die by suicide each day in Australia. Five of these are men.


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Australian men aged 85 and above have the highest suicide rates of any age/gender group

Men in their middle years have the next highest rates (40 to 44 years)

The rate of suicide for young Australian males aged 15 to 19 years is half that of men their middle years and a third of the rate of older men.




You know how a picture paints a thousand words, well these tables below aren't exactly the Mona Lisa, in fact they're not even pictures, but hopefully they do have some redeeming features, like giving you a clearer picture about these damned statistical thingies.



So that tells us about rates in each age group, well the table below tells us about the actual ABS recorded preliminary numbers in each age group, which tells a different story, especially for men in their middle years.


However, suicide is responsible for a higher proportion of the total number of deaths of younger men:





 

 

For every person who dies by suicide, at least six additional people are profoundly impacted for the rest of their lives.


 


Research investigating suicide suggests that mental health conditions are present in a high proportion of cases, and many of these are untreated at the time of death.

Source: beyondblue, Suicide Information Paper, 2012 (Internal Document)



There is a strong relationship between depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviour. However, many people who become suicidal do not have a mental health condition. An acute situational crisis can lead to suicidal behaviour. Conversely, many people experiencing depression and anxiety never consider suicide.


Depression

12.2% of all Australian males aged 16 years and over are expected to experience a mood disorder in their lifetime (1 in 8 Australian men and 1 in 6 Australian women)



 

of Australian men aged 16 years and over are likely to have experienced a mood disorder in the past 12 months.

Men aged 35 to 44 have the highest rates of depression, with one in 12 experiencing depression in the past 12 months.

Source:ABS,4326.0, National Stuvey of Mental Health end Wellbeing, 2007
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Anxiety

20.4% of all Australian males aged 16 years and over are expected to experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime (1 in 5 Australian men cc. 1 in 3 Australian women) 





 

 

of Australian men aged 16 years and over are likely to have experienced an anxiety condition in the past 12 months.






Men aged 35 to 44 have the highest rates of anxiety, with one in seven experiencing depression in the past 12 months.

Source:ABS,4326.0, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2007
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Alcohol and drug use



35.4% of all Australian males aged 16 years and over are expected to experience a substance use disorder in their lifetime (1 in 3 Australian men cc. 1 in 7 Australian females).


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of Australian men aged 16 to 54 are likely to have experienced a substance use disorder in the past 12 months.


Men under 24 have the highest rates of substance misuse, with 1 in 6 having a substance use disorder in the past 12 months.

Source: ABS, 4326.0, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2007.


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Males aged 18 years and over are more than twice as likely as females of the same age to drink alcohol in quantities that put them at risk of incurring an alcohol-related chronic disease or injury over their lifetime (30.7% cc. 11.7%).

Health and lifestyle are the most common reasons why male risky drinkers reduce their alcohol intake.

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of men aged 30 to 59 drink more than 4 drinks on most days, cc. 2.5% of females.

 

 


The most common location to consume alcohol for those 30 years and over is in the home. 

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While risky drinking and/or illicit drug use are not in themselves indicators of depression and/or anxiety, they can be closely linked. In addition, risky drinking could result in chronic illness, which in turn contributes to future mental health conditions. 

Source: AIHW, 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report, 2011.