Consequences of austerity on the health of populations
In 2013, a study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) confirmed that a causal link exists between austerity and suicide, alcoholism, and even the incidence of infectious disease. Furthermore, in 2009, the BMJ concluded that income inequality was linked to the deaths of 1.5 million people in the 15 countries with the most income disparity alone.
For children, the consequences are disastrous. In 2013, UNICEF published a study denouncing the important impacts of periods of austerity on children’s wellbeing. In Québec, the Centrale de l’enseignement du Québec stated that it is now impossible for an adult to have access to a psychologist or social worker for interventions in times of relationship difficulties involving (violence, abuse, divorce). This situation is particularly worrisome, for example, as it is the cause of a sharp rise in youth suicide rates and harms their ability to develop and adapt properly.