Thursday, July 03, 2008

Suicide and occupation

There has been much research into the links between unemployment and suicide but much less into the proportional risk of different jobs. A UK study used mortality data from death certificates between 2001-2005. The highest risks, as a proportion of those employed in those jobs, were among health professionals and agricultural workers. Among women those working in administration or as secretaries had the highest numbers of suicides but the highest proportional risk was among health professionals and those working in sport and fitness.

Meltzer, Howard ... [et al] - Patterns of suicide by occupation in England and Wales British Journal of Psychiatry July 2008, 193, 73-76

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