People suffering from jobless depression commit suicide two to three times more than in other circumstances. Usually, the longer you stay unemployed the more you think of suicide.Just look at the website Unemployed Friends where unemployed people support each other. Read the stories on the forums.It’s not just unemployment that people find hard to live with, but loss of ties to your community, life how we used to it, purpose, health insurance, loved ones (divorce or break up because of jobless depression). Alcohol and drug abuse just add to the risk of suicide.Nobody knows the real numbers yet, as it takes three years on average for statistics to draw the numbers for us to see. So, we will know about 2010 in 2013. But there is visible rise in some cities and states, up to 40%. For comparison, during Great Depression there was 20% suicide rate increase from the usual numbers. During the Asian economic crisis suicides in South East Asia rose up to 40% as well.But, what you have to understand that is not joblessness which forces you to commit suicide, more likely depression caused by joblessness, alcohol and drug abuse, stress of dealing with emergency situations, loss of social status, strain on relationships and breaking of family ties.What we have for example is the number of calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In January 2007 with the start of the recession there were thirteen and a half thousand calls, January 2008 – 39 and a half thousands, a year and a half later – 57,600 calls. This group even received an additional 1 million dollars help from the government just to cope with the demand.If you twice as likely to commit suicide when you lose your job, researches say that six months later when your health insurance runs out or your unemployment benefits are stopped this risk goes only higher up to six times as more.People working in help centres notice that when they first started they were dealing with a lot of homeless, but what they see now is mainstream America.Jobless men are more at risk of committing suicide than women, firstly because they can’t cope with losing their status of breadwinners and consequently social status as a head of the family, secondly, because women are more likely to acknowledge the problem and seek help.There is also a higher risk of suicidal thoughts as a side effects of some antidepressants, which is why it’s so important to do regular check ups with your doctor and be honest about your moods and symptoms.If you have suicidal thoughts, please seek help, go to the help centre, write on Unemployed-Friends website forum, call Suicide Prevention help line, talk to your friends or relatives. However bad you think it is, there is always hope and there is always help, – please, reach out.