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Increase In Suicides Linked To Economic Downturn

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The economy is tough. There is no doubt about it. We are in a position where many families are struggling and all of that pressure can take its toll.

According to a report released by the American Journal of Public Health, the overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy. The study looks at suicide rates going all the way back to the Great Depression and is the first to examine the relationships between age-specific suicide rates and business cycles.

The greatest impact and strongest association with suicide is among people in prime working ages, 25-64 years old. This is important information for healthcare providers who can look at such data and make decisions related to counseling and get help for people.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor