A new study links the Great Recession to at least 10,000 suicides in Europe and North America.

The study, published Thursday by researchers at the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the British Journal of Psychiatry, stated that suicides had been on the decline in Europe prior to the economic downturn. By 2009, it was seeing a 6.5 percent increase, a level it sustained for two years. Canada’s rate rose by 4.5 percent while U.S. suicide rates accelerated 4.8 percent between 2007 and 2010.

The findings blamed job loss, home repossessions and debt as the main risk factors.

Though the report shows a statistical correlation between the economic downturn and increased suicide rates, it can’t prove a causal relationship, the researchers explained. These numbers don’t prove that the people who fell victim to the crash were the ones who took their lives.

“The first thing we need to do is try and understand what exactly is driving this rise,” Aaron Reeves, the lead researcher and a sociologist at the University of Oxford, told NPR.