The total number of suicides in 2019 has jumped up from the previous year, leaving many to think what the local figures could look like given Ballarat's difficult history with the issue.
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found there were 3318 registered suicides in Australia across 2019, 717 of which were in Victoria.
That is a rate of 12.9 suicides per 100,000 people, accounting for the 13th leading cause of death in the country.
The ABS data is also recorded up until 2019 and does not include any impact from the pandemic.
But these figures do come after it was revealed suicide among Ballarat men remains stubbornly high according to data released the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's annual Mortality over Regions and Time report in August.
Figures show 59 Ballarat men died by suicide between 2014-2018. This rate was also six times higher than Ballarat women dying by suicide.
Ballarat and District Suicide Awareness Network chairman and policeman Des Hudson said he was concerned by the increase displayed in the ABS statistics.
"I guess the main thing that stands out is the increase in the national completed suicide rate," he said.
"More people are dying per day to suicide, which is an absolute tragedy, because behind all of these statistics are actual people who have families and loved ones who have been left with the grief. Any life lost is one life too many."
One of the most difficult figures for Mr Hudson to reconcile with was the estimated years of life lost across 2019 due to suicide.
The ABS estimated there were 115,221 years of life lost to suicide in 2019. On average, a person who died by suicide lost 36.7 years of life.
"That is a tremendous number of years that people are not opting to live, not making an impact, not being able to accomplish things that they set for themselves," he continued.
"We are still coming to grips with how we tackle mental health and how we provide services to potentially reduce the number of years lost and number of completed suicides down. We want people to look at the positives and look at what life can offer."
Those statistics go along with the alarming number of completed youth suicides, which accounts for over one-third of all deaths in people aged 15-24.
Mr Hudson said the Ballarat and District Suicide Awareness Network is working hard to help young people in these difficult situations know where they can get support.
"Looking at young people, they may be forgoing 50, 60, 70 years of their life because the circumstances they are facing as a young person are too much," he said.
"I feel for any young person that finds themselves in that situation... we need to make sure that they always know that there are people to talk to. Headspace, lifeline, Beyond Blue, even simply talking with their friends, people always should have the conversation and let people know what they're going through."
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis support, phone Lifeline 13 11 14. Help is also available, but not limited, via the following organisations. The key message is you are not alone.
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467
Mensline: 1300 789 978 or mensline.org.au
Survivors of Suicide: 0449 913 535
Relationships Australia: 1800 050 321
headspace Ballarat (for 12-25s and parent support): 5304 4777
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Soldier On: 1300 620 380
Ballarat Community Health: 5338 4500
QLife: 1800 184 527 (Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people)
Family violence: 1800 RESPECT
Veterans support: Open Arms on 1800 011 046 or openarms.gov.au
Ballarat Mental Health Services: 5320 4100 or after hours on 1300 247 647
For Aboriginal crisis support: Yarning SafeNStrong, 1800 959 563 (noon to 10pm)