This article in The Guardian considers the link between welfare cuts and rising suicides among men in the U.K., and quotes the former Labour Party official Luke Bozier: ”Welfare suicides don’t exist. Suicide is a mental health issue.”
The idea that mental health stands separate from the effects of policy changes is - pardon me - insane.
When my friend Paul Reekie killed himself two years ago, he didn’t leave a note on his table. He left two pieces of correspondence from the government. One was a letter telling him that his disability benefit had been stopped. The other was a letter telling him that his housing benefit had been stopped.
I would like to hear Bozier explain how Paul’s mental health problems were unaffected by government policy.