Recession Quadrupled Suicide Rate
Study finds additional 1.5K deaths per year
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 6:43 AM CST
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(Newser) – The suicide rate rose four times more quickly between 2008 and 2010 than it did in the preceding eight years, a study finds, a jump of an extra 1,500 deaths per year. Between 1999 and 2007, the rate annually climbed by about 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people; that jumped to 0.51 deaths per 100,000 starting in 2008. And for every 1% increase in unemployment, suicide rates also climbed about 1%, notes the New York Times. Because "the magnitude of these effects is slightly larger than for those previously estimated in the United States," the study says, it's possible the recession also exacted a greater mental toll than earlier downturns.

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right2dave
Nov 9, 2012 4:24 PM CST
Sucide rate for citizens has increased. If you are illegal, never worked a day in your life, have babies out of wedlock things have improved for you. Want a free education just don't be born in this country. Need food stamps? Don' work hard and pay taxes all your life.
Plato
Nov 5, 2012 4:43 PM CST
I wonder what percentage of these were suicides by our troopers enduring Dub'Ya's quagmire wars.
apocalypso
Nov 5, 2012 3:23 PM CST
A fearless and practical decision. People take their choices into their own hands; godspeed and God bless them.