UK Daily Mail
July 8, 2011
The financial crisis that swept Europe almost certainly led to an increase in suicides, according to health experts’ research.
Researchers say that when the rate of unemployment rose, suicide rates immediately increased in nine of the ten countries they studied between 2007 and 2009.
The analysts say that countries facing the most severe cuts and debts including Greece and Ireland, had greater rises in suicide, medical journal The Lancet reported.
The team of researchers, who took their mortality rate data from the World Health Organisation, say that the key to combating the rise is investment in welfare systems, efforts to improve labour opportunities and strong social support networks.
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