"Mental Health, Suicide and the Foreclosure Crisis"

Health Policy workshop on "Mental Health Suicide, and the Foreclosure Crisis"
Assistant Professor Jason Houle

April 3, 2014
1930s Room, Rockefeller Center

In 2007, following decades of increasingly risky borrowing practices, defaults in the sub-prime mortgage market resulted in the worst economic collapse in the U.S. since the Great Depression. The massive scope of the foreclosure crisis, as well as its disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, raises questions about its potential impact on the mental health and well-being of the U.S. population. In this talk I will present research from ongoing work that examines how rising foreclosure rates are associated with population mental health and suicide rates. I will especially focus on variation in the impact of rising foreclosure rates on mental health and suicide by race, socioeconomic status, and age.