AFP (9/18) reports that research published in the BMJ suggests that the 2008 financial crisis led to an increase in suicides among men. Investigators looked at suicide data from 54 countries prior to and after the 2008 crisis. The researchers found that “among European men, there was an 11.7 percent rise in suicides” among those aged 15 to 24. The data indicated that “in the Americas, the biggest increase was among men aged 45-64, which saw a” 5.2 percent increase.
BBC News (9/18) reports that while it’s “possible other factors may” have led to the increase, “mental health charities say their own experience would back up the researchers’ theory.”
— “Male suicides rose after 2008 financial crash: study,AFP, September 18, 2013.