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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 age-specific suicide rates in men (a) and women (b) aged 16–64 years in England and Wales, 2001–2011 (note scale difference: for males y-axis ranges from 0–30 per 100,000; for females y-axis ranges from 0–10 per 100,000).
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fig3: Trends in age-specific suicide rates in men (a) and women (b) aged 16–64 years in England and Wales, 2001–2011 (note scale difference: for males y-axis ranges from 0–30 per 100,000; for females y-axis ranges from 0–10 per 100,000).

Mentions: Fig. 3 shows the trends in annual age-specific suicide rates in working age men (Fig. 3a) and women (Fig. 3b). Suicide rates in younger men (16–34) were at their highest point in 2001 and declined to their lowest point in 2011. Conversely, for older men (35–64), rates increased between 2001 and 2011.


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 age-specific suicide rates in men (a) and women (b) aged 16–64 years in England and Wales, 2001–2011 (note scale difference: for males y-axis ranges from 0–30 per 100,000; for females y-axis ranges from 0–10 per 100,000).
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fig3: Trends in age-specific suicide rates in men (a) and women (b) aged 16–64 years in England and Wales, 2001–2011 (note scale difference: for males y-axis ranges from 0–30 per 100,000; for females y-axis ranges from 0–10 per 100,000).
Mentions: Fig. 3 shows the trends in annual age-specific suicide rates in working age men (Fig. 3a) and women (Fig. 3b). Suicide rates in younger men (16–34) were at their highest point in 2001 and declined to their lowest point in 2011. Conversely, for older men (35–64), rates increased between 2001 and 2011.

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