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Recession linked to more than 10,000 suicides

Written by: QMI AGENCY
 

Jun. 12, 2014

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The most recent global recession is linked with more than 10,000 suicides in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, according to a new study from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Researchers reviewed suicide data compiled by the World Health Organization for North America and 24 EU countries.

Between 2007 and 2011, suicides increased 4.5% in Canada and 4.8% in the U.S. In Europe, the suicide rate had been decreasing but then reversed, rising by 6.5% halfway through the study period.

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The researchers say the increase was "substantially over and above what would be expected" based on previous trends, and the 10,000 figure is a "conservative" estimate. Losing one's job or home were the main "risk factors," they said.

The increase was four times higher among men, the study found. The findings were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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