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Jobless men at risk of suicide in boom time

An Australian study of unemployment and suicide has shown that jobless men are more likely to take their own lives during times of national economic prosperity.

Researchers believe the stigma of being out of work when the job market is buoyant increases the risk of developing mental health problems.

The 20-year study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found that the longer men were unemployed the greater their risk of suicide.

It has prompted calls for job-seekers out of work for more than a month to be offered counselling when accessing Centrelink services.

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