Friday, May 25, 2012

Shock 15% rise in suicides since the recession as unemployment and bankruptcy take their toll

Cases of suicide have rocketed since Britain plunged into recession, alarming new figures reveal.

Coroners courts concluded that 3,471 people had taken their own lives last year, a rise of 15 per cent compared to 2007.

However, right across the country, from the south west to Sunderland, local hotspots have seen numbers more than double.

And even in more affluent London and the Home Counties, large swathes of the region have seen suicide verdicts soar by more than 50 per cent.

Last night, experts and campaigners blamed sky-high rates of unemployment, home repossessions and personal bankruptcy for the grim toll.

And they warned that the bleak economic outlook could see the trend worsen. Read More

REGIONAL SUICIDE VERDICTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES IN 2007 & 2011
  • West Midlands 245 304 +24.1%
  • London 295 366 +24.1%
  • North East 153 189 +23.5%
  • South West 313 386 +23.3%
  • South East 462 560 +21.2%
  • East 314 367 +16.9%
  • Yorkshire 321 365 +13.7%
  • North West 437 469 +7.3%
  • Wales 232 240 +3.4%
  • East Midlands 235 225 -4.2%
TOTAL 3,007 3,471 +15.4%

Source: Coroners Statistics