Foreclosure

“It seems that foreclosures affect suicide rates in two ways,” said co-author Jason Houle, assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth College. “The loss of a home clearly impacts individuals and families, and can arouse feelings of loss, shame, or regret. At the same time, rising foreclosure rates affect entire communities because they’re associated with a number of community level resources and stresses, including an increase in crime, abandoned homes, and a sense of insecurity.”
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The effects of foreclosures on suicides were strongest among adults 46 to 64 years old, who also experienced the highest increase in suicide rates during the recessionary period.
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“Foreclosures are a unique suicide risk among the middle-aged,” Houle said. “Middle-aged adults are more likely to own homes and have a higher risk of home foreclosure. They’re also nearing retirement age, so losing assets at that stage in life is likely to have a profound effect on mental health and well-being.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a couple who goes through a foreclosure. Include internal monologue.

Journaling Prompt: What is the worst economic news you have ever received? How did it affect you? What did you have to do?

Art Prompt: Foreclosures and suicide

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the mental health risks associated with difficult economic times and provide strategies for coping.

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