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10,000 suicides linked to economic recession

10,000 Suicides Linked To Economic Recession


It turns out the economic downturn, or the Great Recession, might have hit more than the world's pocketbooks. A new study claims the recession also caused more than 10,000 suicides in North America and Europe.

The study found that between 2007 and 2010, suicides increased by 4.5 percent in Canada, 4.8 percent in the United States and 6.5 percent in the European Union, resulting in about 10,000 more suicides than usual.

The study, performed by the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, used information from the World Health Organization. The researchers report rates were also 4 times higher among men. (Via Voice of America)

The study explains that job loss, home foreclosure and debt are leading causes of suicide during an economic downturn. (Via WSTM)

David Stuckler, the study's co-author, told Al Jazeera: "Suicides are just the tip of the iceberg. This data reveals a looming mental health crisis in Europe and North America. In these hard economic times, this research suggests it is critical to look for ways of protecting those who are likely to be hardest hit."

The study suggests nations that invest more into assistance for the unemployed reduce the risk of suicide. The authors estimate that for every $100 invested into such programs that suicide risk is lowered by .4 percent. (Via University of Oxford)

Struckler says Sweden was one country who had strong support for the unemployed or for those who were struggling financially and their suicide rate did not rise during the recession.

A professor of epidemiology at Columbia University not associated with the study said the findings have important implications for policy makers. "The social welfare aspects of economic downturns like this can't be ignored. When our economic belts get a little too tight, we shouldn't be cutting things that help the average Joe." (Via USA Today)

This latest study seems to reinforce the findings of another, smaller-scaled study from earlier this year.

A University of Portsmouth study links spending cuts in Greece to more than 500 male suicides between 2009 and 2010.

Aaron Reeves, a researcher on this most recent, says the data points out that rising suicide rates might not be inevitable seeing that they weren't observed everywhere.

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hanlon1212 June 12 2014 at 11:52 PM

More victims of the BU$H administration .....

Those of you hoping to vote for JEBghazi while snacking on all the BS spread by Bush cronies who are trying to damage Clinton's possible run , while keeping his hands clean may want to consider :

-- JEBghazi helped his brother steal the 2000 election , leading to :

-- Two wars for profit based on lies , leading to:

-- 9,000 " dead Americans.

-- 40,000 + Americans crippled for life.

-- 250,000 + Americans suffering traumatic brain damage .

-- thousands of suicides among our Troops .

-- 2 million Veterans added to the VA system.

-- 970,000 disabled Veterans added to the VA system

-- Thousands of civillian suicides .

-- Millions of Americans losing their jobs.

-- Millions of Americans losing their homes .

Then again , Bush voters don't really care about other Americans .

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steve June 13 2014 at 1:51 AM

How soon that many Americans forgot how many people have died, lost homes and face other loses under the selected Bush and Cheney. You hear nothing of what I call one of the worst American President. However, the majority of the American Citizens ELECTED President Obama but two hours later in Washington, DC the Republicans (REP) held a meeting to plan to make him a one term President and during those four year they did NOTHING to help the middle class. The Republicans promised to CREATE JOBS if the President extend the tax credit for the rich. McConnell and his buddies standing behind him, said that they will vote NO on all bills coming from the White House ON TV. The REP's refuse to allow the President Infrastructure Job Bill on the House Floor. The job bill would replace or repair R&R) the 68,000 bridges (3 have collapsed so far), R&R the 200 dikes and levees, replace America's water, sewer and gas pipes that are over 100 years old. Blame the REP's for not working

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stuart100s June 13 2014 at 7:42 AM

Recessions don't last 6 years unless you make some serious mistakes. The only people doing better under the Obama recession is the 1%. The wage gap grew fastest under Clinton, second largest under Obama. I guess trickle up poverty wasn't all hope and change.

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James M. Adams June 13 2014 at 7:55 AM

Worst recovery ever. "It's all Bush's fault" hasn't really been a good economic rebound strategy. Printing money and blaming rich people hasn't worked either. Open borders has failed too. Try the Magic 8-Ball next.

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JJMM June 13 2014 at 3:24 AM

Well just wondering if any politicians have been laid off. Lost their jobs, health insurance pensions, spouses, homes. Any one out there know of any?

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stuart100s June 13 2014 at 7:45 AM

The lazer focus that Obama had on shovel ready jobs, kept the recession from the USA.

Oh, it didn't........never mind.

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AL CONFER June 13 2014 at 10:50 AM

I really get a kick out of you Democrats and liberals....Constantly you make reference to the rich Republicans and turn a blind eye to the Democrats that have been bilking you dumb asses for years...In the news Bill and Hillary Clinton made reference to they left the White House broke, and to that I say, think again.. John Kerry, the guy that was defamed by boat crews that served with him and he wants you to think he is a poor man, when the reality is, he was weathy and married into wealth, and the Heinz ketchup fortune...Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, ultra rich, so wealth isn't just Republican

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wwelbes June 13 2014 at 12:16 AM

Just more victims of that so called Christian movement the tea party Taliban. Looks like they can chalk up more deaths than the real Taliban.

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wbearl June 13 2014 at 7:41 AM

According to a small business owner I've done business with for years, another Recession is just around the corner. He said his business is off way more than it was in 2008 before the crash. He said this time he isn't even going to try and survive, he will just close the doors for good.

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silkroadg June 13 2014 at 10:53 AM

"THE GREAT RECESSION" is a freaking idiodic ObamaMEDIA MYTH made up to try and make a legacy for the RACIST-IN-CHIEF the FIRST MUSLIM to squat in the WHITE House. In truth Mr. Obama's ONLY legacy is how he abused power and maligned the US Constitution and raped TRUTH, JUSTICE, and FREEDOM all the while smokin' in the backroom with his America hater cronies...........

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