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    Default Suicide levels at highest ever recorded.

    Provisional figures in the report from the Central Statistics Office show a 24% increase in the number of suicides recorded in 2009 compared to 2008, with a total number of 527 suicides, the highest ever recorded. This dramatic change reflects the international trend which indicates that suicide numbers increase during periods of economic downturn. Between the years 2005 and 2008 suicide numbers fell by 11%, in line with the target set by Government.
    HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention publishes annual report for 2009

    These figures are shocking, particularly when it probably underestimates the true levels of suicide. This is the pointy end of the recession.

    Sadly, these figures were probably not helped by the cuts to mental health services. Cuts in this area are always seen as an easy target as there is not a proper understanding that mental health issues can be as serious as physical health ones.

    I hope that FF realize that they bear direct responsibility for this increase. Some achievement.
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    Well, this is what happens when you've a deep recession, high unemployment and Victorian debt management laws.

    The social consequences of screwing-up an economy are that people actually die. The reality of this situation is that FF, Anglo, the Galway Tent Brigade etc actually have blood on their hands.

    They seem to think this is all some kind of big joke / day at the races where people have lost a few quid. However, the social reality is that it is destroying lives and leaving people in terrible situations and deep despair.

    Will the Government take any responsibility for this ?! Not likely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato View Post
    HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention publishes annual report for 2009

    These figures are shocking, particularly when it probably underestimates the true levels of suicide. This is the pointy end of the recession.

    Sadly, these figures were probably not helped by the cuts to mental health services. Cuts in this area are always seen as an easy target as there is not a proper understanding that mental health issues can be as serious as physical health ones.

    I hope that FF realize that they bear direct responsibility for this increase. Some achievement.
    Looks like Bertie got what he wanted. Remember his suicide jibe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightCentreLeft View Post
    Looks like Bertie got what he wanted. Remember his suicide jibe?
    A pity the bastard wouldn't follow his own advice. A least it would be a suicide of honour rather than despair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato View Post
    A pity the bastard wouldn't follow his own advice. A least it would be a suicide of honour rather than despair.
    +1

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    I'd say future generations will wonder why the present one wasn't out on the streets in civil unrest. Corrupt banks being protected by screwing the masses , the most vulnerable such as those in need of health services being sacrificed.
    It's simply obscene.

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    24% rise in a single year? That really is a shocking statistic.

    A pity the bastard wouldn't follow his own advice. A least it would be a suicide of honour rather than despair.
    Our politicians don't seem to have the same sense of personal shame as the Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato View Post
    A pity the bastard wouldn't follow his own advice. A least it would be a suicide of honour rather than despair.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato View Post
    A pity the bastard wouldn't follow his own advice. A least it would be a suicide of honour rather than despair.
    Advocating suicide in a particular case, renders hollow the concern you express in the OP. Cop on.

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    Just imagine, somewhere in this economic wilderness at this very moment is some unfortunate soul, job gone, wife’s job gone, redundancy money long gone, huge mortgage 6months in arrears electricity cut off is actually contemplating the unthinkable.

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