'Thousands more suicides' during financial crisis

The recent recession may have led to thousands of extra suicides, according to experts. Their research shows suicide rates "rose significantly" after the 2007 crash.

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Suicide increase study: Key findings

Key findings from the a study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry that shows the recent economic crisis led suicides to rise "markedly".

  • Before the recession suicide rates had been falling in Europe
  • Between 2007 and 2009, suicide rates rose in Europe by 6.5%
  • The rates remained at this elevated level through to 2011
  • Suicide rates in Canada and the US rose by 4.5% and 4.8%, respectively, during the same time
  • Most suicides are committed by people with clinical depression
  • There is a marked rise in antidepressant use during the economic downturn
  • In the UK, prescriptions of the drugs rose by 19% between 2007 and 2010
  • Programmes that help people who are out of work appeared to reduce the number of suicides.

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