British medical journal The Lancet has found a clear link between a rise in European suicides between 2007-2009 and the financial crisis.The WSJ notes that in two of the countries worst hit by the crisis — Ireland and Greece — were among the highest risers, 13% and 17% respectively.
The study found that the key to combating suicide rates was investment in welfare systems, efforts to improve Labour opportunities and strong social support networks, according the The Daily Mail.
“The way the government handles crisis makes a vital difference. The time when people lose jobs and lose benefits is the highest junction of their mental health,” Dr. David Stuckler, conductor of the study, told the WSJ. “Where active labour programs are available, the rise in suicide is less.”
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