A report published in the Lancet today suggests that suicide rates have risen in Europe between 5 and 17 per cent since 2007, the beginning of the recession. Researchers of the study suggested that suicide rates were decreasing before the recession and have concluded that it is the financial crisis that is to blame for the increase in number of people taking their own lives.
Earlier in the year the BBC reported that, since the recession, prescription rates for anti-depressants in the UK had risen by as much as 40% – again, a statistic that suggests that the stress of living with recession is taking a serious toll on the mental health of the nation. These new trends, reflecting the state of our mental health, need to be taken seriously as a public health issue. The threat of un-employment, loss of homes, business or assets are major modern day stressors and can affect all stratas of society. Finding the right kind of support for dealing with suicidal feelings or depression is not always easy. GP’s are quick to reach for the prescription pad and often have little to offer in terms of therapy or counselling. Talking to an objective therapist or counsellor can be greatly relieving at times of crisis.
The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street, Central London offers professional psychotherapy and counselling for those struggling with difficult and overwhelming emotional difficulties.