Unemployment impacts all areas of an individual?s life, including the risk of suicide. A New Zealand study found that unemployment can triple that risk. (These findings were published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
) Using data from the 1991 New Zealand census, the researchers learned that unemployed 25- to 44- year-old men and women and 45- to 64-year-old men were 2 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide, compared with their employed peers. The researchers suggest that a society?s unemployment rate may be a sign of lack of social cohesion, which in turn is associated with increased suicides.