Suicide and the recession


Dr Aaron Reeves and colleagues have recently published the following paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry: 'Economic suicides in the Great Recession in Europe and North America'. This report estimates that the Great Recession is associated with at least 10,000 additional economic suicides between 2008 and 2010. Dr Raj Persaud discusses the paper's findings with Dr Reeves and why recession may be linked to suicide.


Date published: 16 June 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Aaron Reeves

Audio running time: 18 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the definition of economic suicides or excess suicides


  • why recession may be linked to suicide and the relationship between unemployment or indebtedness and suicide


  • which communities may be more resilient to the effects of various economic shocks


  • the link of anti-depressant prescriptions and the suicide rate


  • gender differences and the relationship to suicide rates and the economic crisis


  • sociology and the effect on suicide trends.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2014. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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