Type

Journal Article

Authors

Ivan J Perry
Anthony P Fitzgerald
Ella Arensman
Eve Griffin
Paul Corcoran

Subjects

Economics

Topics
economic analysis suicide ireland economic recession self harm economic impact time series analysis economic time series impact analysis

Impact of the economic recession and subsequent austerity on suicide and self-harm in Ireland: An interrupted time series analysis. (2015)

Abstract The recent economic recession has been associated with short-term increases in suicide in many countries. Data are lacking on the longer-term effect on suicide and on the impact on non-fatal suicidal behaviour. Using interrupted time series analyses, we have assessed the impact of economic recession and austerity in Ireland on national rates of suicide mortality and self-harm presentations to hospital in 2008-12. By the end of 2012, the male suicide rate was 57% higher [+8.7 per 100 000, 95% confidence interval (CI), 4.8 to 12.5] than if the pre-recession trend continued, whereas female suicide was almost unchanged (+0.3 per 100 000, 95% CI, -1.1 to 1.8). Male and female self-harm rates were 31% higher (+74.1 per 100 000, 95% CI, -6.3 to 154.6) and 22% higher (+63.2 per 100 000, 95% CI, 4.1 to 122.2), respectively. There were 476 more male (95% CI, 274 to 678) and 85 more female (95% CI, -9 to 180) suicide deaths and 5029 more male (95% CI, 626 to 9432) and 3833 more female (95% CI, 321 to 7345) self-harm presentations to hospital in 2008-12 than if pre-recession trends had continued. Men aged 25-64 years were affected in terms of suicide and self-harm with the greatest impact observed in 25-44 year-olds. The increase in self-harm by women was among 15-24 year-olds. Five years of economic recession and austerity in Ireland have had a significant negative impact on rates of suicide in men and on self-harm in both sexes.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Ivan J Perry, Anthony P Fitzgerald, Ella Arensman, Eve Griffin, Paul Corcoran

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Anthony P Fitzgerald
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Ella Arensman
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Eve Griffin
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Paul Corcoran
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