Mass layoffs increase teen suicide rates

An American study has found that when unemployment rises by a percentage point suicide attempts and suicide-related behaviour in young people rises by 2-3%.

Researchers at Duke University found that the economic and social shock of mass layoffs led to increased thoughts of suicide, suicide plans and suicide attempts. The increase was most pronounced in teenage girls and black adolescents.

While the adult link between job loss and suicidal behaviour is well-established, this is evidence that young people are also affected.

Read more at Duke University