Recession, recovery and suicide in mental health patients in England: time trend analysis

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Ibrahim et al, 2019

This study examined suicide rates in relation to the recession in mental health patients in England between 2000 and 2016.

There was a steady fall in male suicide rates before the recession (2000-2009), followed by an increase during the recession (2009-2011). The rates of suicide in male patients decreased in the period after the recession (2011-2016). There were no significant trends in suicide related to the recession for female patients.

Patients who died during the recession period were more likely to be unemployed or have a diagnosis of alcohol and/or drug dependence/misuse. The study highlights the need for support and targeted interventions for patients with financial difficulties, and awareness of alcohol and drug misuse at times of economic hardship.

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