A study by Liverpool University has found that between 2008 and 2010 male suicide has increased by 8 per cent (846 deaths) and female by 9 per cent (155 deaths).
The figures varied widely across different regions. In outer London unemployment had increased by 24 per cent and suicides by 9 per cent. In north Somerset and south Gloucestershire unemployment had risen 100 per cent and suicides by 50 per cent. The research showed that generally with every 10 per cent rise in unemployment suicides rose by 1.4 per cent. ■