Mental Health, Suicide, Unemployment
Unemployment and suicide rates hold a steady, concerning correlation. An Oxford University study revealed that suicide rates across Europe and the United States rise 1% for every
percentage point increase in unemployment. During this time of correlation and pandemic related mass layoffs. US President Donald Trump has also pointed out that suicide rates will increase due to job losses, economic recession and crises, as has been seen in the past. This was most evident during the last recession, where a United States experiencing a 10% peak in unemployment rates saw the deaths of more than 4,750 people. Should recent forecasts of unemployment reaching 20% come to pass, Western nations could face an additional 20,000 deaths.
This is a preventable issue that is getting worse across the world cause mental health is not taken seriously. the teams from Actions in Quarantine have collected a bit of data to assist on this issue.