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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.
A rise in suicides in Europe and the US during the recent financial crisis is the "tip of the iceberg" according to one expert.
Oxford University's Professor David Stuckler co-authored a study that found thousands more people - mostly men - committed suicide during the 2008 - 2010 recession.
Suicide rates "rose significantly" during the recent recession, experts have found.
Research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found there were at least 10,000 additional suicides in Europe and North America between 2008 and 2010, as a result of the economic downturn.
The increase was four times higher among men, the study suggested.
Researchers from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed data from the World Health Organisation about suicides in 24 EU countries, the US and Canada.
They cited job loss, home repossession and debt as the main risk factors leading to suicide during recessions.