There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of a statistically significant association between suicide rates and prescription rates provided in the paper.Yet here's what Dr. John Mann, one of the "experts" on the topic and coauthor of the previously mentioned study had to say:
The most plausible explanation is a cause and effect relationship: prescription rates change, therefore suicides changeToo bad the "most plausible explanation" just got shot down. This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding SSRIs and suicide. More to come at a later date. In the meantime, always be wary when someone notes that two variables are related, then claims that one variable causes another. Be especially wary when it turns out that the correlation is inconsistent or does not even exist, or may perhaps even go in the other direction. More to come another time.
Hat Tip: Furious Seasons.