Suicide Rates Rise 2-3 Days Following Rises in Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Suicide may be linked to air pollution, according to research from the University of Utah, that finds spikes in completed suicides in the days following peak pollution levels.

The link between levels of air pollution and suicide was strongest in spring and fall, also amongst men, the 25- to 64-year-old age group, and those who died by violent means, such as shooting themselves.

Similar studies in South Korea, Taiwan and Canada have also found a link between pollution and suicide, but at this stage there is still only a small body of research and it shows only a correlation between the two, the research can’t establish that the air pollution actually caused the increase in suicides.

Read the full story by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience here