Because these victims are giving up rather than taking their desperation to the streets, we must assume that for the neoliberals, a rising suicide rate is a feature, not a bug, of their economic schemes.
Suicide rate rising rapidly in Ireland as recession gripsExperts fear three suicides a day in 2012
By PATRICK COUNIHAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
February 6, 2012
Three people a day are now committing suicide in Ireland with police and support groups monitoring known blackspots.
Irish suicide helpline ILife has revealed that it is struggling to cope with the near one hundred calls a day it is taking.
The group has confirmed it received over 33,000 pleas for help in the past 12 months as the suicide rate rises dramatically.
Experts fear that as many as 1,000 people will commit suicide in Ireland in 2012.
The situation is so bad that police are watching known suicide spots like the quays in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
The Irish Independent also reports that sea cliffs in Clare are under surveillance in a bid to thwart the growing numbers.
Corkman Pat Buckley, founder of the charity Let’s Get Together, spoke to the paper of his fears for the year ahead.
"The problem with the suicide statistics is that they take about two years to compile and even then they are relatively inaccurate and under-report the true scale of the problem,” said Buckley.
“The problem is now so serious it is terrifying. We’ve battled to raise $7,000 in funds and it was spent on counselling in just a few weeks over November and December.” more