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Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5239 (Published 17 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5239

Re: Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries

Dear Editors,

Severe economic crisis has increased the number of people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) by 50 percent, resulting in a monthly prevalence which amounts to 12.3% of the Greek population, a study of the University Research Institute of Mental Health (EPIPSI) of the University of Athens concluded. [2]

50 percent of Greeks with low family incomes met the criteria of depression.

The Greek statistical agency (ELSTAT) reported a 43% rise in suicides during crisis. [3]

The NGO Klimaka announced that many more suicides go undocumented, because they are reported as accidents by relatives anxious to avoid social and religious stigma, and obtain a proper free religious burial.

In the meantime, the Greek NHS seems unable to sustain financially Psychiatric Hospitals and shuts them down. [1]

References

[1] http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/10/02/three-psychiatric-hospitals-t...
[2] http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/10/02/dramatic-rise-of-depression/
[3] http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/09/09/greek-suicides-jump-43-during...

Competing interests: No competing interests
04 October 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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