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Greece's economic crisis and suicide rates: overview and outlook
  1. Nikolaos Vlachadis1,2,
  2. Maria Vlachadi3,
  3. Zoe Iliodromiti1,
  4. Eleni Kornarou2,
  5. Nikolaos Vrachnis1
  1. 1National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Aretaieio Hospital, Athens, Greece
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece
  3. 3Department of Political Sciences, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nikolaos Vlachadis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Aretaieio hospital, Athens GR-11528, Greece; vlaxadis{at}

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Rise in unemployment following the 2008 economic crisis has been associated with a significant increase in the suicide rates in European and American countries.1 From the fourth trimester of 2008 to the fourth trimester of 2012, Greece witnessed a snowballing 22% recession in gross domestic product at constant prices, accompanied by a soaring unemployment rate that shot up from 8% to 26%. There has been much discussion regarding the effects of the economic crisis on suicides in Greece with early conclusions being put forward quoting temporary leveling-off,2 increase3 or decline4 in suicide rates during the current economic recession. Here, we present recent trends in suicide rates in Greece based …

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