Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis

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Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis

Suicides in America continue to creep upward. Between 2003 and 2013, the rate of deaths caused by suicide climbed from just shy of 11 per 100,000 residents to 13.* Suicide rates rose for every age cohort in the U.S. over that time span. In 2013, more people between the ages of 25 and 74 died by their own hands than died in automobile crashes.

In 2010, just as the U.S. was beginning to climb out of the global financial crisis, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for adults aged 25 to 34 in the U.S., and the fourth-leading cause of death for adults aged 35 to 54. With the Great Recession behind us, public health officials are now trying to measure the toll of the housing crisis in terms of lost life and psychological distress.

A new study released this month in the American Journal of Public Health offers one answer to this complex question. The report finds that suicides spurred by severe housing stress—evictions and foreclosures—doubled between 2005 and 2010.

The study is the work of researchers from the Division of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Led by Katherine A. Fowler, five researchers analyzed suicide findings from 16 states that participate in the National Violent Death Reporting System. The NVDRS is an epidemiological surveillance system that abstracts data from a variety of sources, including death certificates, law-enforcement agencies, coroners, medical examiners, forensic laboratories, and other vital-statistics providers.

“This study was the first to our knowledge to systematically examine suicides linked with eviction and foreclosure,” the report reads.

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5 Responses to “Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis”
  1. BOBBI SWANN says:

    I, too, am sorry for your loss, Brookwood Carolina. For those of us who are in foreclosure and fighting, are much too aware of the corruption in the court system. Our fight is continual and places a huge toll on family, health, finances, mental capacity and the ability to cope in every day life. We all have a breaking point and I believe there ARE monsters in our closets! And it’s not just foreclosures either. Every day I am seeing the destruction of our civil liberties, the destruction of the constitution that made us a widely recognized nation and the on-going corruption that is tearing that foundation apart. I ponder the future of the ones behind us and it also leaves a toll. My deepest sympathies for you and for this nation as a whole!

  2. Michelle says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Brookwood Carolina.

  3. Michelle says:

    Very much so. One of the worst parts about the fraudulent practices of banks is that no one in power of any kind helped the people being stripped of everything illegally. Makes me sick. Instead they helped the banks stay illegal and never pay for their wrongdoing.

  4. Brookwood Carolina says:

    My beloved husband committed suicide after a foreclosure case where BANA voluntarily dismissed due to their own lack of standing but then immediately they and REDC Default Solutions began illegal collections calls on his cell phone. His final cell phone call before he committed suicide was from BANA. I told the court, and I submitted his letter to BANA to contact him only in writing. The bank re-filed with a robo stamped note, took my home, and I’m trying by myself to move. The bank re-filed the month after my husband’s suicide, and claimed “litigation privilege” to cover the proof of fraud. Florida courts turn a blind eye to fraud and blame the widows and take their homes after taking their spouses. Even if you win, you lose. I lost everything.

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