The recession has killed six times more men than women…..
More than 1,000 people in the UK appear to have been driven to suicide by the recession and 85% of them are men.
Suicides tend to rise in hard economic times, and there has been evidence of the numbers increasing in Greece and more recently in Italy as people have lost their jobs and struggled to support themselves and their families.
A paper published in the British Medical Journal suggests that the same pattern is visible in Britain.
Researchers found that between 2008 and 2010, a total of 846 more men took their lives than would have been expected had recent suicide trends continued, nearly six times more than 155 additional female suicides.
Ben Barr, of the public health department at Liverpool University, one of the study’s authors said: “There has been a large amount of evidence from other studies and other countries that shows that unemployment is a particular risk factor for suicide.”
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