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Letters Austerity in Europe

First reliable data suggest a possible increase in suicides in Greece

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4900
  1. Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, assistant professor of psychiatry1,
  2. Sotirios A Koupidis, medical doctor2,
  3. Ilias A Grammatikopoulos, psychiatrist3,
  4. Pavlos N Theodorakis, adjunct professor, Open University of Cyprus, and chairman, advisory board4
  1. 1Third Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 55535 Thessaloniki, Greece
  2. 2Social Cooperative “New Horizons”, Corfu Mental Health Sector, Corfu, Greece
  3. 3Veria, Greece
  4. 4Social Cooperative, 8th Athens Mental Health Sector, Greece
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Arie recently reported that suicide and murder rates rose by 22.7% between 2007 and 2009 in Greece as a consequence of austerity.1 Previously, the Greek Ministry of Health announced that the annual suicide rate might have increased by 40% and other authors reported a 17% increase in suicide rates during 2008-09.2 3 However, data from the …

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