They found that suicide rates rose markedly in European Union member states between 2007 and 2009. That reversed a steady downward trend in the number of suicides in EU countries recorded since the start of the millennium.
In the article, published on the journal's website, the researchers present their analysis of data from the 10 European countries for which complete statistics were available during the three-year period.
They found that the suicide rate rose most sharply in countries that were hardest hit by the economic crisis. Greece saw its suicide rate among people under the age of 65 jump by 17 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year. Ireland experienced an increase of 13 percent.