Coroner calls for extra resources to prevent suicide

The State Coroner has called for extra resources to help prevent suicide in South Australia following an increase in the rate of suicide this year.

In the Coroner’s Annual Report for 2014-15, the Coroner notes that the rate of suicide in South Australia has increased from 193 in 2013-14, to 219 in 2014-15.

The Coroner states in his Report that:  

“…considerable benefits to public wellbeing could be derived from a small team of case research investigators. Researchers with appropriate skills could provide Coroners with valuable insight into deaths such as suicide...”  

“We are currently faced with a suicide rate that is double the State’s road toll,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.  

“This is a tragedy that we, as a community, need to respond to.  

“We are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to provide the Coroner with the resources he needs to be able to research and investigate this issue.  

“As a community, we need to do everything we can to reduce the rate of suicide.”