Impact of unemployment variations on suicide mortality in Western European countries (2000–2010)

A scientific debate is currently taking place on whether the 2008 economic crisis caused an increase in suicide rates. The main objective was to assess the impact of unemployment rate on suicide rate in Western European countries between 2000 and 2010. We then tried to estimate the excess number of suicides attributable to the increase of unemployment during the 2008–2010 economic crisis.