Rise in Male Suicides – ‘Linked to Austerity’

Awfully sad and depressing statistics show more men are taking their own lives than at any time since 2001, with the highest suicide rates occurring in deprived areas amid growing evidence of the link between austerity and suicide.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 6,233 people aged over 15 killed themselves in 2013, a 4 per cent increase on the previous year. The  male suicide rate was more than three times higher than the female rate, with 19 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 5.1 for women.

Female suicide rates have remained stable, but the male rate was the highest in 12 years. Men aged 45 to 59 had the highest rate, at 25.1 per 100,000.

Suicidal manIn Wales, 26 men in every 100,000 took their lives, and in the North-East of England, where ONS statistics also reveal an unemployment rate of more than 10 per cent – 22 men per 100.000 killed themselves. London had the lowest overall suicide rate at 7.9.

The ONS reported that analysis of the annual suicide rates “suggested that the recent recession in the UK could be an influencing factor in the increase in suicides”, as areas with greater rises in unemployment also experienced high rises in male suicides.

Dr Carl Walker, a Brighton University psychologist and founder of the campaign group Psychologists Against Austerity, said government cuts were affecting the mental wellbeing of people in deprived areas. “There is a clear link between, not just unemployment, but poor employment and underemployment and suicide and a range of mental health problems.”

Joe Ferns, executive director of policy at the Samaritans, said: “The social impact of economic recession lasts a lot longer than the financial impact.” He called for everyone to take responsibility for preventing suicide: “You have got to get all parts of government and all parts of society to think about what they can be doing.”

A government spokesman said; “Our suicide prevention strategy is backed by £1.5m funding for research, and we’ve set a zero suicide ambition to tackle the assumption that some suicides are inevitable.”

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“These figures are a damning indictment of the failure of our society, in 2015, to improve the lot of the poorer and less privileged members of our ilk. We should all feel saddened that it is a depressed nation causing so many of these deaths.”

Remploy Disabled still Jobless – Tory Betrayal

Hundreds of disabled workers axed by the government are still out of work – despite ministers pledging £8million to help them.

Out of 1,507 made redundant at Remploy factories, 733 are still without jobs.

The last three sites shut in 2013 and Welfare Minister Esther McVey said the Government would “do everything we can” to help the workers find jobs.

But Labour MP Pamela Nash said: “Almost half are still out of work. This is a national disgrace.”

However the Department of Work and Pensions said: “Disabled people deserve the same employment choices as everyone else, not being consigned to segregated, loss-making factories.

“There are over 250,000 more people with disabilities in mainstream work this year compared to last.”

“The truth – The Government were more concerned about the loss making factories than the people working in them.”