New research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that the recession led to 10,000 suicides across Europe, Canada and the US, with 1,000 in the UK.
It has found that the suicide rate rose by 6.5% between 2007 and 2009.
Up until 2007, rates had been falling, but from 2009 to 2011 they stayed at the tragically higher level.
The research, from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, suggests that the majority of the additional suicides that they believe are related to the recession were also related to mental health problems that already existed.
The researchers said that job loss, home repossession and debt were the main risk factors contributing to suicide.
If you believe you or someone around you is suffering from mental health issues or severe stress, the mental health charity Mind can offer support.