The recession is thought to be contributing to a spate of suicides in Ireland according the chief executive of a suicide prevention charity told the Irish Times.
Joan Freeman of Pieta House said 10 people die by suicide in Ireland every week and 80% of them are men.
The article was sparked by a spate of suicides in the county of Kerry
Five of the six inquests before the Kerry coroner, Terence Casey, this week were recorded as deaths by suicide. At the previous coroner’s court presided over by Mr Casey three months ago, seven out of eight deaths were by suicide.
According to Ms Freeman, men living in rural areas faced enormous challenges regardless of their age. She said:
“People react to a life event – losing a job, having difficulty finding a job . . . in any country that suffers recession suicide rates will increase automatically,”
Winter may also have been a contributory factor in the recent Kerry suicides. In the dark evenings and short days people may become inactive, Ms Freeman said.
“All these things culminate in a person, a man in particular, feeling very, very low,”
Pieta House, is a centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide. It recently launched a campaign, Mind Our Men, to help the friends, families and colleagues of men who might be vulnerable to suicide to recognise the signs and tipping points.