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No big surprise, but it’s good to have data, I guess: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed how suicide rates fluctuated as the U.S. economy upticked and downturned between 1929 and 2007. Published by the American Journal of Public Health, the CDC’s research showed that suicides increased during the Great Depression, the oil crisis of the mid-70s, and the “Double-Dip Depression” that occurred during Ronald Reagan’s first two years in office (the “It’s Mourning in America” years).