Spike in suicide rate in the Netherlands linked to financial crisis

Spike in suicide rate in the Netherlands linked to financial crisis

The suicide rate has grown dramatically over the past five years, in particular among people with a western background and native Dutch. The suicide rate remained stable at a low level among people with a non-western background. Suicide is rare among people with a Turkish or Moroccan background according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

Suicide rate 30 percent up since 2008
The number of suicides is growing. In 2008, a total of 1,353 people committed suicide in the Netherlands versus 1,753 in 2012, i.e. an increase by 30 percent. The relative increase in suicide mortality is also obvious. More than two thirds of suicide deaths are men.

The increase was most notable among people with a western background and, to a lesser extent, among native Dutch. The suicide rate among people with a non-western background remained stable.

Vast differences by ethnic background
The suicide rate among people with a western background has been 8 percent higher over the past decade than among native Dutch. This is predominantly due to higher suicide rates among men with a Belgian background and women with a German background. The relatively high figures mirror the higher suicide rates in Belgium and Germany.

The suicide rate among people with a non-western background is lower than among native Dutch. The rate among non-western men is 20 percent lower than among their native Dutch counterparts and with 30 percent, the gap between non-western women and native Dutch women is even wider.

Within the category non-western men and women, there are considerable differences by country of origin. Suicide is relatively rare among people with a Turkish or Moroccan background. The figures for men with a Surinamese background, on the other hand, are higher than for native Dutch men.

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