Suicide Rates Mirror Economic Crisis of 2008
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The economic crisis brought on in 2008 could be the reason why world suicide rates rose sharply in the year 2009.
According to research from the universities of Hong Kong, Oxford, and Bristol, the male suicide rate rose 3.3 percent in 2009. In the 27 European countries studied, the suicide rate rose 4.2 percent; and in 18 American states the rate rose 6.4 percent. Overall a total of 54 countries were examined. These rates coincide with a 37 percent rise in unemployment and a 3 percent drop in GDP per capita. The countries that showed the greatest rise in suicide rates were Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia, which saw a 13.3 percent rise. Rates in the United States and Canada rose 8.9 percent.
For more information, go to: http://www.bmj.com/press-releases/2013/09/17/2008-economic-crisis-could-be-blame-thousands-excess-suicides-worldwide
SOURCE: British Medical Journal, September 2013
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