Recession ‘had impact on suicide rates’

The National Suicide Research Foundation has claimed the recession did impact on suicide rates — despite a separate analysis which shows the rate of suicide peaked in 2001.

The NSRF was responding to a report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit, which reviewed 14 years of suicides figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and found that, in 2001, there were 13.5 suicides per 100,000 people, a rate that was never subsequently exceeded.

However, the NSRF said its work also included incidents of self-harm and looked at trends over periods of years, rather than individual years.

Prof Ella Arensman of the NSRF said the 2001 to 2007 period saw a “significant decline in suicides”, whereas the period from 2008 onwards saw a “reversal” of that trend.

Elsewhere, suicide prevention organisation Pieta House announced the largest ever Darkness Into Light event, to take place in 80 venues from Australia to the US.

Beginning in Ireland at 4.15am on May 9, thousands of people will walk and run 5km, raising money for Pieta House, which will set up its first pilot service in New York this summer for the Irish diaspora.

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