Thursday, August 16, 2012

Suicides in Greece rise by a third as financial crisis takes its toll

The suicide rate is skyrocketing in Greece as the economic catastrophe engulfing the nation shows no signs of letting up.

A sun-kissed land with once the lowest recorded suicide rates in Europe, Greece has seen a huge spike in people taking their own lives.

Experts believe that not all suicides are the result of depression; some are ending it all in an act of ultimate political protest.

More than 2,500 people have taken their own lives since 2010.

'This is the number for confirmed suicides. We think the real number is much higher,' said psychiatrist Dimitris Boukouras. He mans a psyhiatric hotline that rings off the hook every day. Read More