23 Sep '11, 5am

Suicide Rate Spikes In Greece Because of Economy | Care2 Causes

Suicide Rate Spikes In Greece Because of Economy | Care2 Causes

With all of the dry numbers of economics, it is often easy to forget that bad news — be it job numbers, the stock market, or credit crunches — means that someone out there is much worse off today than they were yesterday. Unfortunately, a startling story from Greece is reminding all of us about the human toll that economic downturns can take: suicide rates have been soaring in the Mediterranean country since the debt crisis began in 2009. The Wall Street Journal Reports : “Recorded suicides have roughly doubled since before the crisis to about six per 100,000 residents annually, according to the Greek health ministry and a charitable organization called Klimaka… About 40% more Greeks killed themselves in the first five months of this year than in the same period last year, the health ministry says.” Even though unemployment and suicide rates are correlated th roughout Euro...

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