Rise in suicide among males follows economic crisis

Drawing on data from 54 countries, mainly in Europe, the Americas and north Asia, they found overall male suicide rates rose 3.3% in 2009 when there was also a 37% rise in unemployment and a 3% fall in GDP per capita, following the onset of the crisis the preceding year. A similar rise among females was not seen, although numbers rose in the US.

The researchers estimated 4900 extra suicides occurred in 2009 compared to what would normally be expected.

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