[Source: British Medical Journal, full page: (LINK). Extract.]


Austerity in Europe

First reliable data suggest a possible increase in suicides in Greece

<CITE><ABBR>BMJ </ABBR>2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4900 (Published 6 August 2013)</CITE>
<CITE>Cite this as: <ABBR>BMJ</ABBR> 2013;347:f4900</CITE>
<CITE></CITE>Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, assistant professor of psychiatry1, Sotirios A Koupidis, medical doctor2, Ilias A Grammatikopoulos, psychiatrist3, Pavlos N Theodorakis, adjunct professor, Open University of Cyprus, and chairman, advisory board4

Author Affiliations: <SUP>1</SUP>Third Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 55535 Thessaloniki, Greece; <SUP>2</SUP>Social Cooperative ?New Horizons?, Corfu Mental Health Sector, Corfu, Greece; <SUP>3</SUP>Veria, Greece; <SUP>4</SUP>Social Cooperative, 8th Athens Mental Health Sector, Greece


Arie recently reported that suicide and murder rates rose by 22.7% between 2007 and 2009 in Greece as a consequence of austerity.1 Previously, the Greek Ministry of Health announced that the annual suicide rate might have increased by 40% and other authors reported a 17% increase in suicide rates during 2008-09.2 3 However, data from the ?