Trends in suicidality amid the economic crisis in Greece

Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2013 Aug;263(5):441-4. doi: 10.1007/s00406-012-0385-9. Epub 2012 Dec 6.


For the decade 2000-2010, suicidal rates appear to be both low and stable in Greece and unrelated to the socioeconomic environment. It is highly possible that the recent crisis caused a significant increase in dysphoria, stress, depression and maybe suicidal ideation in the general population, but completed suicides do not seem to have increased so far. Measures are needed to make sure there will be no increase in completed suicides in the near future, since historically, periods of socioeconomic instability might be related to increased suicidality. Community interventions reduce stigma and enhance help-seeking. However, only those including the creation of social support networks are essential in the fight against suicidality.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data
  • Economic Recession*
  • Female
  • Greece / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Social Support
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Suicide / trends*