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Report: Foreclosure-related suicide up 250 percent

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Losing your home can be one of the most stressful things to happen in a person’s life.

Sadly, some people choose to take their own lives because they don’t see another way out of the situation. According NBC News, the number of people who make that grim decision jumped 253 percent between 2005 and 2010.

“Foreclosure may be exceptionally stressful, because it is very protracted and consists of multiple negative events,” said Katherine A. Fowler, a CDC researcher and lead author. “… Other studies show that people tend to become more depressed about negative life events for which they feel personally responsible, and for which they can’t control the outcome.”

NBC cited a Center for Disease Control study that looked at suicide rates of homeowners in foreclosure in 16 states.

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