Suicide rates rise as debt and cuts take their toll

Suicide rates have risen sharply across Europe since the banking crisis, as people struggle to cope with debt, unemployment and public service cuts, according to research published in The Lancet. British people fared worse than average with an 8% rise in suicides between 2008 and 2009, after almost a decade of annual declines. Countries that have a fair benefits system and strong programmes to help people back into work quickly have historically avoided suicides during recessions.

added at 12:02am on 1st February 2012

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