Bottomley states that
"Suicide has been captured by the medical profession…. which focuses on mental illness and pays very little attention to the social factors and the economic factors that might contribute to mental illness".
His research shows that work factors are a critical factor in understanding suicide today
"because work has such an important place in people’s sense of identity, when something goes wrong in the workplace, if there is injustice, where there’s bullying, where there’s retrenchment and discrimination – all these things contribute to a violent attack on people’s sense of identity and can lead to mental illness, depression in particular … ".