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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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Trends in annual age-standardised suicide rates in men and women aged 16–64 years old in England and Wales, 2001–2011.
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fig2: Trends in annual age-standardised suicide rates in men and women aged 16–64 years old in England and Wales, 2001–2011.

Mentions: Annual age-standardised suicide rates for men and women aged 16–64 years in England and Wales (Fig. 2) appeared relatively stable between 2001 and 2011. In men suicide rates declined from 21.1 per 100,000 in 2001 to their decade lowest in 2006 at 19.1 per 100,000 then began to rise to 20.1 per 100,000 in 2007 and reached a peak in 2008 at 21.3 per 100,000. In women the highest suicide rates were in 2004 and 2008 at 7.1 and 7.0 per 100,000 respectively, whilst the lowest rate was in 2007 at 6.0 per 100,000.


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)

Trends in annual age-standardised suicide rates in men and women aged 16–64 years old in England and Wales, 2001–2011.
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4151136&req=5

fig2: Trends in annual age-standardised suicide rates in men and women aged 16–64 years old in England and Wales, 2001–2011.
Mentions: Annual age-standardised suicide rates for men and women aged 16–64 years in England and Wales (Fig. 2) appeared relatively stable between 2001 and 2011. In men suicide rates declined from 21.1 per 100,000 in 2001 to their decade lowest in 2006 at 19.1 per 100,000 then began to rise to 20.1 per 100,000 in 2007 and reached a peak in 2008 at 21.3 per 100,000. In women the highest suicide rates were in 2004 and 2008 at 7.1 and 7.0 per 100,000 respectively, whilst the lowest rate was in 2007 at 6.0 per 100,000.

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