Economy Impacts Suicide Rates

The Dallas Morning News (11/24, Yasmin) reports on the rise and fall of suicide rates as they relate to the economy, saying that “suicide rates have spiked during every recession since the Great Depression and have dropped during times of economic growth.” Additionally, several studies have indicated a “relationship between a bad economy and higher rates of suicide, especially among men.” For example, for every rise of one percent in unemployment between 2008 and 2010, “there was a one percent increase in the suicide rate. The state with the strongest correlation between unemployment and suicide was Texas.”

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— “Suicide rates rise and fall with economy, especially in Texas,” Seema Yasmin, Dallas Morning News, November 23, 2014.

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