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Suicide and the 2008 economic recession: who is most at risk? Trends in suicide rates in England and Wales 2001-2011.

Coope C, Gunnell D, Hollingworth W, Hawton K, Kapur N, Fearn V, Wells C, Metcalfe C - Soc Sci Med (2014)

Bottom Line: We found no clear evidence of an association between trends in female suicide rates and indicators of economic recession.For the younger men (16-34 years) this change preceded the sharp increases in redundancy and unemployment rates of early 2008 and lagged behind rising trends in house repossessions and bankruptcy that began around 2003.This evidence suggests indicators of economic strain other than unemployment and redundancies, such as personal debt and house repossessions may contribute to increased suicide rates in younger-age men whilst for men aged 35-44 years old job loss and long-term unemployment is a key risk factor.

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Affiliation: School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK. Electronic address: caroline.coope@bristol.ac.uk.

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Quarterly economic indicators for the UK 2001–2011.
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fig1: Quarterly economic indicators for the UK 2001–2011.

Mentions: Fig. 1 shows trends in several economic indicators by quarter-year from 2001 to 2011. Indicators of debt began increasing well before the onset of the economic recession in 2008 (Fig. 1a). House repossessions increased steadily from 2004 to a peak in 2008, whilst Bankruptcy Orders (BOs) and Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) increased from 2003 and both reached an initial peak in 2007, then after a slight dip increased to a second peak in 2009–2010. The decline seen in BOs from mid-2009 may reflect the introduction of debt relief orders (DROs) around this time.


Suicide and the 2008 economic recession: who is most at risk? Trends in suicide rates in England and Wales 2001-2011.

Coope C, Gunnell D, Hollingworth W, Hawton K, Kapur N, Fearn V, Wells C, Metcalfe C - Soc Sci Med (2014)

Quarterly economic indicators for the UK 2001–2011.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4151136&req=5

fig1: Quarterly economic indicators for the UK 2001–2011.
Mentions: Fig. 1 shows trends in several economic indicators by quarter-year from 2001 to 2011. Indicators of debt began increasing well before the onset of the economic recession in 2008 (Fig. 1a). House repossessions increased steadily from 2004 to a peak in 2008, whilst Bankruptcy Orders (BOs) and Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) increased from 2003 and both reached an initial peak in 2007, then after a slight dip increased to a second peak in 2009–2010. The decline seen in BOs from mid-2009 may reflect the introduction of debt relief orders (DROs) around this time.

Bottom Line: We found no clear evidence of an association between trends in female suicide rates and indicators of economic recession.For the younger men (16-34 years) this change preceded the sharp increases in redundancy and unemployment rates of early 2008 and lagged behind rising trends in house repossessions and bankruptcy that began around 2003.This evidence suggests indicators of economic strain other than unemployment and redundancies, such as personal debt and house repossessions may contribute to increased suicide rates in younger-age men whilst for men aged 35-44 years old job loss and long-term unemployment is a key risk factor.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK. Electronic address: caroline.coope@bristol.ac.uk.

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Related in: MedlinePlus