The financial crisis in Greece has caused the unemployment rate to increase dramatically, especially compared to the rest of Europe, while the number of people who are not able to repay their loans has also risen significantly.
According to research data released by Escala, the main suicide causes in Greece in 2013-2014 were unemployment and people’s inability to pay their loans. The report, issued by the General Direction of Public Health and Social Welfare in the region of Central Macedonia, on the occasion of the World Day for Suicide Prevention, includes official data from 2014, when authorities were able to prevent 261 suicide attempts.
The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) noted that suicides in Greece increased by 7% between 2011 and 2012, from 477 to 508 respectively.
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that more than 800,000 people commit suicide each year in the world. Suicide is an important public health problem in countries with high income and a rising threat in countries with middle and low income.