Why are elderly Australians taking their own lives?

In 2013, men aged 85 and over had the highest rate of suicide of any age group in Australia, according to ABS data. In the same year, if you brought the age range down to 65 and over, the number of deaths was 396 — 16 per cent of all suicides. (While an ageing Australia may affect the rate, the statistics do compensate for population.) Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15-19, and affects those aged 18-44 most profoundly. But what's behind a phenomenon the Council on the Ageing (COTA) has labelled "the suicides we choose to ignore"?

ABC NewsABC News (08-Oct-2015)

Released: 09-Oct-2015

In 2013, men aged 85 and over had the highest rate of suicide of any age group in Australia, according to ABS data. In the same year, if you brought the age range down to 65 and over, the number of deaths was 396 — 16 per cent of all suicides. (While an ageing Australia may affect the rate, the statistics do compensate for population.) Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15-19, and affects those aged 18-44 most profoundly. But what's behind a phenomenon the Council on the Ageing (COTA) has labelled "the suicides we choose to ignore"?

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