“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.”
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.
“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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