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Mental health issues ‘are rising due to economic downturn’

26th April 2011

The number of people in the UK affected by mental health issues is on the increase as a result of the difficult economic conditions, according to Right Corecare.

Kevin Friery, clinical director for the employee assistance programmes provider, stated that an increase in suicidal tendencies among working people is taking place due to a prevailing sense of instability.

He explained that many are suffering from a sense that they are losing control of their lives due to the downturn, leading them to believe there are no actions they can take other than suicide.

"If they feel that their employment is threatened or that their projected promotion and rise through the ranks isn't going to happen … they feel blocked," Mr Friery explained.

This comes after research published in the American Journal of Public Health earlier this month stated that there is a close correlation between suicide rates and the health of the economy.

It was observed that those aged between 25 and 65 are most likely to follow this pattern.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800511209-ADNFCR

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