Suicide: A Global Perspective

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In the year 2000, approximately one million people died from suicide: a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased ...
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Economic Crises and Suicide

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Marco Innamorati, Maurizio Pompili, David Lester, Bijou Yang, Mario Amore, Cristina Di Vittorio and Paolo Girardi


As a result of the strong link between mental illness and suicide, the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders have been always considered a first-choice strategy in the prevention of suicide. However, prevention may take advantage from the study of other factors that may help to explain inequalities in the suicide rates between countries and fluctuations over time. The aim of the present chapter is to review empirical research which has investigated the impact of economic crises and recession on suicide. To this goal we performed careful MedLine and PsycINFO searches from 1980 to 2010. Our analysis of the literature indicates that there is no strong evidence that a recession in the economy is a causal factor for suicide.


Suicide, economic crisis, risk factors.


Department of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Sensory Functions, Suicide Prevention Center, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy