RECESSION BLAMED FOR INCREASE IN SUICIDES

A worrying study published in the British Medical Journal has concluded that the recession in the UK has led to an increase in suicides.

The research, published this week, found that there were 846 more suicides among men than would have been expected based on historical trends, and 155 more suicides among women between 2008 and 2010.

The BMJ concludes: “The study provides evidence linking the recent increase in suicides in England with the financial crisis that began in 2008. English regions with the largest rises in unemployment have had the largest increases in suicides, particularly among men.”

A blog on Community Care’s website has more details on the study.

Anyone experiencing suicidal feelings should speak to their GP or contactThe Samaritans or ring them on 08457 909090.

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