According to the research, every one per cent fall in growth rate of GDP in the Eurozone's periphery countries has seen a 0.9 per cent increase in suicide rates across all ages, which equates to over 6000 suicides in total over the period 2011-12.
Between 2011 and 12 there have been:
· 580 male suicides between the ages 10-24, a 1.6 per cent increase
· 2995 male suicides between the ages 25-44, a 1.4 per cent increase
· 765 male suicides between the ages 45-64, a 0.4 per cent increase
· 1725 male suicides between the ages 65-89, a 1.3 per cent increase
The above figures relate to falls in the growth rate of GDP but when looking at spending cuts alone, the male population most heavily affected is aged between 65 and 89. This translates to 2325 males in this age bracket having committed suicide between the years 2011 and 2012 due to fiscal austerity.