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The Independent – Suicide and depression on rise across UK

November 18, 2010

A story in The Independent this morning:

Rates of suicide and depression are rising in a dramatic demonstration of the human cost of Britain’s economic downturn. The "alarming" evidence of the darkening national mood comes as David Cameron draws up plans to measure the sense of "general wellbeing"across the country.

The Independent

can disclose that, after falling for years, the suicide rate began increasing as the credit crunch hit Britain.

A Health minister has warned that the Government believes levels of suicide and mental illness are likely to climb further as dole queues lengthen.

The number of people committing suicide rose by 329 to 5,706 in 2008 – the first increase since 1998.


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