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We are grateful for the interest our study has generated. Previous research reveals a sharp rise in suicides across Europe coinciding with the financial crisis,1 ,2 particularly in the worst-affected economies. In our recent short report we show a clear, statistically significant association of the economic crisis with the total number of suicides and suicide attempts due to economic reasons in Italy.3 One key advance of this study is that Italy's data can be disaggregated by causes of suicide, enabling us to reveal differential patterns. While there was a statistically significant rise in suicides due to the economic crisis, suicides due to non-economic reasons remained stable. Unfortunately, in their response, Fountoulakis and colleagues neglect these data, continuing to dismiss the growing evidence …
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