MAIL ONLINE: Rising self-harm rates suggest financial crisis may have hit middle-aged men hardest

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Self-harm in middle-aged men increased significantly following the 2008 financial crisis, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Manchester.

The research from the Multi-Centre Study of Self-harm in England, funded by the Department of Health is published online by The British Journal of Psychiatry today (30 May).

Period30 May 2019

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  • TitleThe number of middle-aged men who self-harmed increased by 50% in the four years following the 2008 financial crisis, researchers discover
    Media name/outletMail Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThere was a 50 per cent spike in self-harm among middle-aged men after the financial crash of 2008, according to scientists.

    A study has found the numbers of men harming themselves rose 'significantly' after the credit crunch.

    People aged between 40 and 59 are the most likely to self-harm, according to researchers, and common triggers include alcohol problems and financial trouble.

    If people turn up at hospital after self-harm incidents, they added, they should be targeted with interventions to stop them doing it again.

    Researchers from the University of Manchester reviewed records of almost 25,000 self-harm related hospital visits by middle-aged people between 2000 and 2013.
    PersonsNavneet Kapur


  • mental health
  • self-harm
  • financial crisis