The Suicide Prevention Resource Center–in a brief document just released–provides suicide prevention workers and advocates with an authoritative summary of “the relationship between the economy, unemployment, and suicide,” organized into helpful “talking points [that] summarize what is known about these complex relationships.”
The talking points provide essential information based on research to help frame the issue accurately when media inquire about suicide and the economic downturn. For example,
Unemployment contributes to suicide risk, but does not “cause” suicides on its own. Employment status is but one of dozens of factors that interact dynamically within individuals, communities, and societies and affect the risk for suicide …
The document also points to several resources, including warning signs of suicide; expert recommendations for the media on their coverage of suicide (the complete recommendations or a summary version); and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
[The abridged URL for this post is http://tinyurl.com/Economy-SuicidePrevention .]