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Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5239

Re: Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries

useful study as a flag waver!

but few questions;

1. was unemployment a factor or cofactor inflicting suicidal resort in victims

2. if suicidal response is morbid, is unemployment merely a tip of the iceberg in an inductive pressure complex that ultimately tipped the scale in the morbid direction

3. what are the personality types of these victims.

4. how does the personality type affect employability or unemployablity even if other factors ( including economics) had been favourable.

4. to what extent is unemployment a distinct precipitant for suicide as opposed to unemployment associated with poor living standards; is it the unemployment or the resulting poor conditions or both that determine ultimate outcome or is there a relative weighting that needs working out?.

5. does chronic individual unemployment have same impact with acute individual unemploymentif the socio economic spin offs are not different; i could be unemployed but with good support system( family or public or church etc); will chronicity tip the scale even with good and enduring support system?

6. won't inclusion of countries in less developed countries with poor baseline employment and poor baseline public( as opposed to extended family) support system help to shed light into some of these areas.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 September 2013
basil jide fadipe
surgeon. clinical professor surgery/anatomy
justin fadipe centre
mero heights. dominica