Suicide, Mental Illness Risks Increase During Recessions

The economic recession of 2008-2010 was followed by increases in rates of suicide, suicide attempts, and mental illness, a PolicyBristol report from a team led by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Manchester and Oxford, the researchers from the School of Social and Community Medicine used national mortality statistics, inquest reports of people dying by suicide and interviews with people affected by the recession, including 19 who had made suicide attempts, to understand the ways in which the recession affected mental health and suicide.

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