'Expect Suicides' With Recession Still Around
The economic downturn has already claimed a lot of financial institutions, top companies, millions of jobs but it is not done yet. The recession is expected to cause increase in deaths primarily by the means of suicide, murders and heart attacks as the downturn fails to find the boost for the upward momentum.
The rising rates of unemployment in the UK could be detrimental say experts from the Oxford University.
The predictions are based on an analysis in the Lancet of economic changes and death rates in 26 EU countries over the past three decades.
Rising UK unemployment could mean at least 290 extra suicides, they say.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) says the worst of the recession is over, but that 10% of the workforce may still suffer unemployment by mid-2010.
The unemployment rate was 7.2% for the three months to April 2009, up 0.7% over the previous quarter and up 1.9% over the year.
The study by experts at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows that a 3% rise in unemployment is linked with a 2.7% rise in heart attacks among men aged 30-44 and increases of 2.4% in murders and suicides in people under the age of 64.
Deaths from alcohol abuse meanwhile rise substantially, by 28%.
At the same time road traffic deaths drop 4.2%, probably due to an increased number of people choosing to walk or take public transport rather than drive themselves, which the study authors say are "safer" ways of getting around.
And schemes to get people back to work and in jobs can mitigate some of the adverse effects, they say.