Researchers Blame Economic Recession for Increased Suicide Rates

March 1, 2015 2:15 PM

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Researchers collected data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, a detailed database maintained by the CDC, for the years between 2005 and 2010 and analyzed circumstances involved with suicides. The data contained information from medical examiners, toxicology reports, death certificates and other sources and provided a detailed picture of the circumstances which led to violent deaths. The focus of the study was job and financial problems and not mental health.

It was observed that the proportion of suicides associated with external factors like employment or financial problems rose from about 33 percent in 2005 to 37.5 percent in 2010 for this age group. Between the years 1999 and 2010 suicide rates increased by 40 percent for this age group whereas for o...

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