An analysis in the Lancet of economic changes and death rates predicts that the UK will see around 290 more suicides because of rising unemployment. It’s thought by mid-2010 10% of the workforce may be unemployed.
The study also showed that deaths from alcohol may rise by 28%, but that traffic deaths may drop by 4.2% as people walk or use public transport more in order to save money, or are forced to sell their car.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, said: “Mental wellbeing depends on a wide variety of factors, from employment status and conditions in the workplace to financial security, all of which can be affected during a recession.
“Life events such as being made redundant can be extremely distressing and are known to trigger depression and suicidal thoughts, along with unemployment, financial difficulties and debt.”
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