Excerpt from Australian Social Trends 2000. Published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In 1998 there were 1,589 suicides in capital cities, 511 suicides in other urban areas and 557 suicides in rural areas. Despite year-to-year fluctuations, throughout the period from 1988 to 1998, persons living in capital cities had the lowest rates of suicide, (13 deaths per 100,000 persons in 1998); persons living in other urban areas had the next lowest (15 per 100,000 in 1998); and those in rural areas had the highest (17 per 100,000 in 1998). Possible explanations for high rural suicide rates for males include greater access to firearms, rapid technological changes and living in a climate of economic uncertainty.

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