Saturday November 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Sharp rise in suicides amid crisis

 Number of people taking own lives up 40 percent, minister says
The Health Minister did not explicitly link the hike in suicides to the crisis but said there had been a 40 percent increase in people taking their own lives

Health Minister Andreas Loverdos told Parliament on Thursday that the number of people taking their own lives in Greece has increased by 40 percent, responding to a question from independent MP Lefteris Avgenakis about the growing pressure on entrepreneurs and citizens due to the impact of the countrys debt crisis.

Loverdos did not explicitly link the alarming increase to the economic crisis, noting simply that recent statistics and studies show an increase in suicides of around 40 percent.

He said Greece remained among the countries with the lowest suicide rates, according to the World Health Organization (6.5 suicides per 100,000 residents last year).

This figure is believed to be lower than the real number, however, as many suicides are not reported due to the refusal of the Orthodox Church to conduct religious services for those who take their own lives.

A spokeswoman for Klimaka, a nongovernmental organization offering support to the homeless and depressed, said calls to the groups helpline 1018 quadrupled last year. One in four calls are about debts, said Eleni Bekiari.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday June 30, 2011 (23:02)  
Image of artwork showing humans in blender taken out of schoolbooks
Simitis supports Venizelos over new movement
Two businessmen to be questioned in arms kickbacks probe
No swift breakthrough expected in troika talks
Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
Fitch Ratings retained Greeces sovereign credit rating at B and its outlook as stable late on Friday but warned of a downgrade should snap elections prove inconclusive or negotiations wit...
More cash for banks with same papers
Greek banks will be able to draw additional liquidity from the European Central Bank after Frankfurt issued a guideline on Friday that revises the haircut applying to securities issued or ...
Inside Business
INTERVIEW
Tokyo hopes to change the world
The 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will serve as a springboard for the rebuilding of Japans image and economy following the triple blow of the earthquake, tsunami and nuc...
BASKETBALL
Big win for Greens, tight one for Reds
Panathinaikos scored a crucial as well as emphatic away win at Turow on Thursday that should see it qualify from its tough group to the top 16 of the Euroleague, while Olympiakos saw off vis...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Is Europe paying attention?
Barack Obama brought hope to the entire world when he was elected president of the United States in 2009 and then again in 2012 for a second term. During his first visit to Europe, marked by...
EDITORIAL
A reasonable agreement
Greece cannot and should not allow itself to be left without a safety net to make up for any funding needs that may crop up after the end of the year. Without such protection it would be at ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
2. Image of artwork showing humans in blender taken out of schoolbooks
3. More cash for banks with same papers
4. Simitis supports Venizelos over new movement
5. Growth to fuel rise in revenues
6. Commercial property draws interest from investors
more news
Today
This Week
1. Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
2. Give Greece a chance
3. Coscos Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
4. No breakthrough after marathon conference call
5. Israel backs East Med pipeline project
6. Education Ministry mulls over introducing Albanian language classes
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Greece and Poland switch roles as young Greeks head to vibrant Eastern European country for better prospects
3. Constructively disrupting the Greek start-up ecosystem: What will the impact be?
4. Anti-junta uprising anniversary to be marked amid tight security
5. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
6. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.