The Samaritans published their report Dying from Inequality in March 2017. The report noted that suicide rates were two to three times higher in the most deprived areas compared to the most affluent.
Research evidence was considered at three levels – societal, community, individual – and sought to answer the questions:
- Why is there a connection between socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour?
- What is it about socioeconomic disadvantage that increases the risk of suicidal behaviour?
- What can be done about it?
Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans CEO, said:
“Effective collaboration across central and local government and all the local agencies which play a role will be crucial. This must include welfare, education, housing, employment, health and finance. Improving the lives of people from lower income groups will save lives and untold costs for families, communities, workplaces and the economy.”
Read the related press release.