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No increase to Victorian suicide rate during COVID-19 pandemic

There has been no increase to the number of Victorians dying by suicide this year during the coronavirus pandemic.

State Coroner John Cain on Thursday released fresh data on the number of suicide deaths between January 1 and August 26, showing there were two fewer suicides in Victoria compared with the same time last year.

State Coroner John Cain.

State Coroner John Cain.Credit:Louie Douvis

Between January 1 and August 26, 466 Victorians took their own lives. This was broadly consistent with the same period last year, when 468 Victorians died by suicide, and 2018, when 461 Victorians took their own lives. The numbers are higher than in 2016, when there were 420 suicides.

Of the 466 Victorians who died by suicide this year, 350 were men, with most of the men aged 22-55.

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