Three suicides reported in just one day in Central Greece’s Thessaly region

An 80-year-old woman who was found dead in the Pineios River in central Greece on Tuesday morning committed suicide, according to local media reports.

The death of the elderly woman was the third suicide reported in just one day in Thessaly, a largely agricultural region where unemployment is estimated to stand at just under 24 percent.

Also on Tuesday, a 45-year-old man was found hanged in his home by his mother in the Larissa suburb of Averof, while a 50-year-old man also hanged himself in the garden shed of his home in the village of Valanida.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of suicides in Greece since the beginning of the crisis in 2009, with official sources putting the figure at over 3,100 from the start of 2009 to August 2012, though experts say that deaths by suicide are often not documented as such because of the social stigma attached to them.

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