Both UK and US researchers identified a rise in the number of suicides among those of a working age between 2007 and 2009, in nine out of the 10 nations studied.
The increases ranged from 5 per cent to 17 per cent for under 65s and correlated with falling rates of unemployment (which reduced by a third during the same period).
Researcher Dr David Stuckler said that suicide rates were falling before the recession, then began increasing in almost all of the European countries studied.
Of the countries studied, Greece experienced the largest increase in rates whilst the UK saw a rise of 10 per cent.
Deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, Andy Bell, has said that unemployment and a fear of unemployment are huge risk factors for poor mental health and more should be done to help not just those who are out of work, but also those who are insecure in their job roles.
If your financial situation has become too much and you are feeling extremely low or are having suicidal thoughts then it is essential you contact your GP as soon as possible as they will be able to provide appropriate support. The Samaritans also offer 24 hour, confidential and free of charge support for anyone in despair (please visit www.samaritans.org for further information or call their 24/7 hotline on 08457 909090).
If you are struggling either financially or in your career, consulting a life coach could help you to move forward. A life coach specialising in finances can help you to understand your current debt situation, how you reached that point, and what can be done to ensure it does not happen again.
Similarly, a life coach may also help you to move forward in your career. Whether you feel unconfident and wish to become more assertive, or unsure about what you require for job satisfaction and fulfilment, a life coach will help you to investigate your feelings towards you career and will help you to formulate a plan of action to help you to get where you want to be.
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