Suicides Increased Ninefold Since 2008 Economical Crisis
A debate has rumbled on regarding the link between the economy and suicide rates, but new research recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry answers the question once and for all.
researchers of a new study found that about 45,000 people each year committed suicide, representing a ninefold increase when compared to the recession in 2008
Compared with 2007, in 2013 an extra 31.8 million people were unemployed worldwide.
While this vast increase in unemployment is thought to account for a large percentage of the suicides it is not the only factor:
The authors noted that restructuring during economic contraction could create additional work stress and a sense of job insecurity among the employed (e.g., through an increasing workload, change to part-time employment or intermittent layoffs), which might contribute to poor mental health.
Besides such circumstances, however, particularly vulnerable individuals have an increased risk of dying by suicide.
The authors noted that as the knock on effects of the economical crisis are so widespread that the figures could in fact be an undercount.
With such an increase it is important that lessons are learnt:
“We also need to know how and why highly resilient individuals who experience the greatest levels of economic adversity manage to sustain favorable mental health and wellbeing.”