According to a new research men working in the lowest-skilled occupations and women in culture and health jobs are at the highest risk of suicide.
Figures show construction workers killed themselves at a rate three times higher than the male average.
The suicide risk for care workers is almost twice the national average. Suicide in the profession has been rising for the last 15 years. Whilst there’s no evidence of a link between someone’s job and their mental health, the union that represents care workers says the figures are worrying.
It’s time to invest in the wellbeing of care workers.
“I feel permanently stressed. It’s just rush…rush…rush…I’m on permanent anti-depressants and I’m not ready to come off them”, – says Jane, a care worker for more than 30 years.
Some reasons for that:
- low wages;
- insecure contracts;
- a lack of time to do the job properly.
In addition, the Office for National Statistics referred to previous studies, which found job security and low pay increased the risk of suicide.
The report was based on 13,232 deaths from suicide registered in England between 2011 and 2015 among people aged 20 to 64, where the deceased’s occupation was known.
About four in five (10,688) were men.
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