Thursday, June 12, 2014
According to a study published on-line yesterday in the British Journal of Psychiatry, North America and Europe together experienced roughly 10,000 more suicides during the severe [financial] downturn than the trend from earlier years predicted.
While the report shows a correlation between economic turmoil and increased suicide rates, it can’t prove a causal relationship, the researchers note. It can’t prove that the people who lost their jobs or the homes were the ones who committed suicide. But the differing trends in the suicide rates of different countries deserve a closer look, says Aaron Reeves, a sociologist at the University of Oxford, who led the research.
“The first thing we need to do is try and understand what exactly is driving this rise,” Reeves says.
He proposes more research into the causes of suicide.
I think he is on to something. Mere coincidence seems unlikely.
What do you think?
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