Suicide rates in the United States have spiked in the years since the economic downturn, according to a study released Sunday, the New York Times reported.
The study, which was published on the website of the medical journal The Lancet, showed that between 2008 and 2010 the suicide rate increased four times faster than between 1999 and 2007.
According to the New York Times, similar studies in Spain, Italy and Greece have showed similar trends during economic downturns.
In addition to presenting the data, the researchers behind the study said politicians should do more to combat mental health, Reuters reported.
"There is a clear need to implement policies to promote mental health resilience during the ongoing recession," said Aaron Reeves -- a Cambridge professor who led the study -- to Reuters.