HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention publishes annual report for 2009Provisional 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.
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.