The primary risk indicators for suicide, accounting for sixty percent of all attempted and completed suicides, are a history of self harm including previous attempts, and intimate partner issues and family breakdown.

This is hardly news. But it is a reminder to be especially aware of increased risk of suicide for friends and family who are going through relationship difficulties or family break-up.

Another, and often under-stated or even forgotten risk, is simply being male. Men and boys make up seventy-five percent of all completed suicides in Australia.