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.
More top news
A grandmother says she was outraged after her grandson was segregated from his classmates by a cardboard screen - for being one minute late.
Leaked documents have revealed the first known picture of Mohammed Emwazi - named as IS militant Jihadi John - as a student in London.
With March just around the corner it's looking like this winter will be the sunniest on record (data goes back to 1929).