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Suicide mortality and economic crisis in Greece: men's Achilles’ heel
  1. Elias Kondilis1,3,
  2. Ioanna Ierodiakonou2,
  3. Magda Gavana3,
  4. Stathis Giannakopoulos3,
  5. Alexis Benos3
  1. 1Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit, Centre of Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  2. 23rd Psychiatry Department AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. 3Laboratory of Hygiene and Social Medicine, Medical School, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elias Kondilis, Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit, Centre of Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Yvonne Carter Building, 58 Turner Street, London E1 2AB, UK; e.kondilis{at}qmul.ac.uk

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A recent paper suggests that suicidal rates remained stable in Greece during the last decade,1 despite the unprecedented economic downturn that the country has and is still facing.

The authors of the paper insist on misinterpreting the data concerning suicide mortality rates in Greece, based on two false assumptions. The first is their argument that the period 2007–2010 covers only 1 year (2010) of economic hardship for Greece, and the second is that the suicide mortality trends show no variation between age groups and sex.

As figures in table 1 show, the total suicide mortality …

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