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Man driven to suicide after losing job

Issue No. 2208

The economic crisis is plunging workers into terrible poverty, stress and despair.

The desolation of being thrown out of work and the hopelessness of being unable to find another job drives some to desperation.

Patrick McLaughlin, a digger driver from Hull in East Yorkshire, hanged himself earlier this year after he lost his job.

He was 52. His wife said, “He tried everywhere and there was nothing out there. He was a proud man who was used to working.”

Caerwyn Richards was just 23 when he hanged himself. He couldn’t find a job despite having a degree. The inquest into his death this month found that unemployment had made him depressed.

His mother, Lorraine said he had applied for a number of jobs but had rarely received any acknowledgement.

The Tory response that workers should “get on their bikes” to find a job implies that there is plenty of work out there, and that it is the individual’s fault if they’re unemployed.

The reality is that unemployment is driving some people to suicide.

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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