Financial Crisis and Suicide rates

Q: With the financial crisis, have you seen more people with suicide attempts in the ER?

Stephanie – Henderson, NV


Congratulations to you, Stephanie, for the most morbid question of the week. The answer is no, thank goodness, I have not seen more people with suicide attempts due to the economic crisis. I have seen quite a few people with anxiety who are struggling with financial problems, losing their job, family stress, etc. I would certainly strongly encourage anyone who is battling depression, or considering suicide for any reason to please get help. If you don’t know where to go, or who to talk to, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), or go to your local Emergency Department.

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