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Greece in Crisis-Dramatic Increase of Suicides: 3,124 People in 2009-2012

Greece recorded a dramatic increase of suicides during the last three years of economic crisis, austerity, recession and loan agreements. According to Greek Ministry of Public Order and Citizen protection, 3,124 people across the country committed suicide in the time between 1.1.2009 and 28.8.2012. The date refer to suicides with tragic end and to attempts where people were rescued.

According to date collected and released, suicides recorded an increase of  37% between 2009 and 2011.

2009: 677

2010: 830

2011: 927

2012: 690 until 23. August.

Tragic ‘champion’ is Athens with 355 suicides, followed by Thessaloniki with 319.

 Minister Nikos Dendias declared that “the suicides are not the result of only one factor but a phenomenon in connection of several outside factors like social, family, profession etc but also private-internal’.

I think the minister tries to say that the phenomenon of suicides has to do with the personal psychologicla situation of the person as well as with the outside factors… 

The Ministry of Public Order published these data after two MPs from left-wing SYRIZA posed questions about the phenomena of children under malnutrition and citizens’ suicides. The MPs quoted a UNICEF report talking about 439,000 children suffering under malnutrition.

Full list of suicides according to georgraphic areas here.

PS I guess, the ministry is still collecting the data on malnurished children and we will soon have the results. 

 

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9 comments

  1. Do you have data on actual suicides rather than a total of “successful” suicides and “unsuccessful” attempts.

  2. “the suicides are not the result of only one factor but a phenomenon in connection of several outside factors like social, family, profession etc but also private-internal’. – I think Dendias is saying that people’s economic welfare is seperate from society, family and proffesion. Which it is obviously is. (Im being sarcastic)

  3. no other data available.

  4. I had got confused by the statement in Greek which was saying a little more than I translated.

  5. keeptalkinggreece – my point is that Dendias seems like a text-book sociopath.

  6. This is a nice one:

    The figures produced by Dendias also raise questions about data made public by his predecessor Christos Papoutsis, who earlier this year gave statistics to Parliament which showed fewer suicided. Papoutsis said there were 507 suicides in 2009, 622 in 2010 and 590 in 2011.

    Greek statistics are still a bit fishy it seems.

  7. what? you want to challenge our ministers?

  8. To Those Who took the ultimate Loss:

    May You all rest in peace, and will be reborn in better times.