Suicide rate climbed 26.5% in 2011 – mostly women

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Suicides exploded in 2011, the second year of the economic crisis and the loan agreements. It was mostly women who took their lives. The region of Attica, where also Greek capital Athens lies, saw 172 of its residents finding not other way to their problems than put an end to their lives.

A staggering 104.8 percent more women committed suicide in 2011 compared with the previous year, while the overall rate of people taking their own lives grew by 26.5 percent (from 377 to 477) in the same period, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and non-governmental organization Klimaka.


According to ELSTAT, 477 suicides were reported in 2011, out of which 393 concerned men and 84 women.

The figures show that 172 suicides occurred in Attica (compared with 109 in 2010), followed by 53 in Central Macedonia, 37 in Crete and 36 in Western Greece with the rest in other parts of the country. (via ekathimerini)

It is estimated that more than 3,000 people have committed suicide since 2010, the year when debt-ridden Greece sought¬† ‘aid’ from the International Monetary Fund. The country saw a dramatic rise of suicides when compared to previous years. The number includes also those who were rescued.

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