An article from Reuters and published in the Globe & Mail has said that suicides have increased significantlt and noticeably during the economic downturn that began in 2008.
In a letter to The Lancet medical journal, scientists from Britain, Hong Kong and the United States said an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that while suicide rates rose slowly between 1999 and 2007, the rate of increase more than quadrupled from 2008 to 2010. “There is a clear need to implement policies to promote mental health resilience during the ongoing recession,” said Aaron Reeves of Britain’s University of Cambridge, who led the research and submitted it in a letter to The Lancet.
“In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, President Obama and Mitt Romney are debating how best to spur economic recovery, [but] missing from this discussion is consideration of how to protect Americans’ health during these hard times.” According to Dr. Reeves’ analysis, about 1,500 more people a year in the United States have committed suicide since 2007 compared with numbers that would have been expected if the 1997 to 2007 trends had continued.
Any suicide is a tragedy, an act of despair and a societal message writ large on an individual's inability to cope; it often affects the families and friends of the individual who has decided to take his life. For many, the world has become harsher, more polarized and a sadder place to live. Without any hope. That employed individuals are less likely to commit suicide is not debatable. The link between unemployment and despair is so obvious that the solution should be likewise—the United States business community needs to hire more persons. There is no other acceptable argument.
Whoever is elected the president of the United States has as his number one priority the Economy; he has to encourage, persuade and do whatever is in his legal power to increase the number of persons in the U.S. who hold good and steady jobs. That will take an end to the nasty and boorish partisan politics that has plagued Congress, helping the few and hurting the many. That would be a major accomplishment. One that will not be forgotten.
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