Posts tagged ‘Suicide’

July 11, 2011

Suicide ‘link’ to money problems

 Health correspondent, BBC News Stressed man Experts looked at suicide problems in 10 European countries The financial crisis “almost certainly” led to an increase in suicides across Europe, health experts say.


The analysis by US and UK researchers found a rise in suicides was recorded among working age people from 2007 to 2009 in nine of the 10 nations studied.


The increases varied between 5% and 17% for under 65s after a period of falling suicide rates, The Lancet reported.


Researchers said investment in welfare systems was the key to keeping rates down.


In particular, they argued supporting people back into work or having programmes to stop them losing their jobs in the first place was more important than giving them benefits.


The team used World Health Organization data to compare rates in the 10 countries, including the UK.

‘Complete turnaround’

During the period, there was a rise in unemployment by a third.


Only Austria saw suicide rates fall. This was put down to the country being less exposed to the financial crisis than the others.


Of the risers, Finland fared best while Greece had the worst record. The UK saw a rise of 10% to 6.75 suicides per 100,000 people.


Dr David Stuckler, one of the researchers, said: “There was a complete turnaround. Suicides were falling before the recession, then started rising in nearly all European countries studied. Almost certainly these rises are linked to the financial crisis.”


And he added it was also possible there would be other health consequences from the economic problems as the impact on heart disease and cancer rates was not likely to be seen for many years.

‘Major risk factors’

However, the researchers also found that road deaths fell during the period – a trend which was put down to the falls in vehicle use that tend to be seen during difficult economic times.


The report comes after a BBC investigation earlier this year found there had been a rise in anti-depressant prescribing during the financial crisis.


Prescriptions for drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years with GPs saying more and more people were coming to them with money worries.


Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, said: “We know that unemployment and the fear of unemployment are major risk factors for poor mental health.


“This research shows how important it is that we treat the mental health of people who are not just out of work but also in work but fear losing their jobs as a major public health issue”.

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July 8, 2011

Suicide ‘link’ to money problems

 Stressed man Experts looked at suicide problems in 10 European countries The financial crisis “almost certainly” led to an increase in suicides across Europe, health experts say.


The analysis by US and UK researchers found a rise in suicides was recorded among working age people from 2007 to 2009 in nine of the 10 nations studied.


The increases varied between 5% and 17% for under 65s after a period of falling suicide rates, The Lancet reported.


Researchers said investment in welfare systems was the key to keeping rates down.


In particular, they argued supporting people back into work or having programmes to stop them losing their jobs in the first place was more important than giving them benefits.


The team used World Health Organization data to compare rates in the 10 countries, including the UK.

‘Complete turnaround’

During the period, there was a rise in unemployment by a third.


Only Austria saw suicide rates fall. This was put down to the country being less exposed to the financial crisis than the others.


Of the risers, Finland fared best while Greece had the worst record. The UK saw a rise of 10% to 6.75 suicides per 100,000 people.


Dr David Stuckler, one of the researchers, said: “There was a complete turnaround. Suicides were falling before the recession, then started rising in nearly all European countries studied. Almost certainly these rises are linked to the financial crisis.”


And he added it was also possible there would be other health consequences from the economic problems as the impact on heart disease and cancer rates was not likely to be seen for many years.

‘Major risk factors’

However, the researchers also found that road deaths fell during the period – a trend which was put down to the falls in vehicle use that tend to be seen during difficult economic times.


The report comes after a BBC investigation earlier this year found there had been a rise in anti-depressant prescribing during the financial crisis.


Prescriptions for drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years with GPs saying more and more people were coming to them with money worries.


Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, said: “We know that unemployment and the fear of unemployment are major risk factors for poor mental health.


“This research shows how important it is that we treat the mental health of people who are not just out of work but also in work but fear losing their jobs as a major public health issue”.

July 2, 2011

Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ alleged suicide attempt

 The Irish star was found collapsed due to a pill overdose.

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On January 22, 2008, Australian actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment, overdosed on pills. Almost a year later in 2009, Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of acute intoxication by propofol – a drug used to induce anesthesia and sedation -and thus also checked out, permanently. Later the same year Brittany Murphy was pronounced dead, after suffering from cardiac arrest caused by a cocktail of various over-the-counter drugs. These were sad years for Tinsel town.


Cases of drug overdose by celebrities have evinced a dark truth: drugs, alcohol, and depression make for lethal bedfellows in Hollywood. It shows that the charmed life of young actors is a misleading notion; under all that glitz and glam, many struggle with the demands of publicity, often turning to unadulterated intoxication as a release from the pressures of working in LA’s ‘dog-eat-dog’ world of film.


Hollywood nearly experienced another pill-induced loss on June 28, when Jonathan Rhys Meyers was rushed to the hospital after his purported attempt to join the ranks of his fallen predecessors. Paramedics answering a 999 call found him slumped on the floor, according to a report by tabloid newspaper The Sun.


The 33-year-old heart throb, who currently plays the brooding Henry VIII in Showtime’s racy period drama “Tudors” and has also starred in prominent movies like Match Point, Bend it like Beckham, and Velvet Goldmine has a history of alcohol abuse. Just recently in 2010 he enterd a rehab clinic after making it on ‘No Fly List’ of United Airlines since he was too drunk to function at JFK airport.


The 33-year-old was released the following morning on June 29 from the Central London hospital, revealed E-News. Those currently close to the actor are questioning the veracity of the possibility that the actor actually tried to take his life. Celebrity news website TMZ cited a source from the actor’s inner circle, claiming that Ledger was inebriated but had no intention of taking his life.


Still, many doubt the efficacy of this statement and instead believe that Meyers’ grip on the will to live is tenuous at best. The fact that he was disturbed in his intoxicated state was corroborated when Scotland Yard gave a statement London Ambulance Service that had to call officers following reports of a man refusing treatment. Again, the fact that Meyers refused treatment for over half an hour indicates a serious problem. It has not yet been confirmed whether the actor will be undergoing serious therapy for his alcohol and pill fueled suicide attempt.


Sources have also left the matter of the 999 emergency phone call unexplained. Several questions remains: Who called? Was Rhys Meyers found by someone else or did he call for ambulatory services himself? Actors have pulled worse celebrity stunts before- so was this orchestrated to get more attention from tabloids?


Speculation aside, the facts speak for themselves: Rhys Meyers’ drinking problem coupled with his five trips to rehab goes to show that the actor has a lot of demons to deal with. Furthermore, his career wasn’t exactly down in the dumps either; he has recently wrapped up the fourth and final season of “Tudors” in 2010. Also a big fashion name, Meyers has been the face of Hugo Boss men’s fragrance range since 2005 and was also chosen as the official face of the Versace men’s autumn/winter 2006 and spring 2007 collections. Again, it seems that the actor’s troubles don’t stem from his career.


Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

July 2, 2011

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Hospitalized After Alleged Suicide Attempt

Sad news from London today: actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was hospitalized following a suicide attempt on Tuesday. The Sun reports that paramedics arrived at his London home to find him “slumped on the floor” after ingesting pills. The Tudors star has publicly battled alcoholism and recently completed his fifth stint in rehab last fall. He is also owner of the second best set of lips in Hollywood, after Angelina Jolie‘s monster mouth. We hope JRM is getting the care and support he needs.

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