Exposure to suicide in the workplace or in the family increases the risk of people killing themselves, joint research by the University of Oxford and Stockholm University concluded.
The researchers discovered that people exposed to a colleague’s suicide at work are more than three times more likely to end their own lives.
It was also shown that anyone who has a family member who’s committed suicide is more than eight times more likely to take the same path.
Professor Peter Hedstrom, a researcher at Oxford University said, “Since there are so many more individuals who experience a suicide in their wo
rkplace, the aggregate effect is greater than what can be ascribed to the family, even though a suicide in the family obviously has a greater impact on the suicide risk of the individual in question.”