Europe's Woeful Trend: 'Suicide by Economic Crisis'
They're rising fast in Greece, Italy, Ireland
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2012 12:46 PM CDT
Mourners chant slogans in front of the coffin containing the body of 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas, who killed himself in Athens.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

(Newser) – When a 77-year-old Greek retiree committed a very public suicide over his mounting debts, he became a face of Europe's financial crisis. But he is far from alone, reports the New York Times. Suicides, especially among men, are spiking in hard-hit nations such as Greece, Ireland, and Italy, with newspapers taking to describing them as "suicide by economic crisis."

In Italy, for instance, the number of suicides attributed to money trouble rose from 123 in 2005 to 187 in 2010, a jump of 52%. In the region of Veneto alone, more than 30 small-business people have killed themselves over the last three years, notes the Times. "Austerity can turn a crisis into an epidemic," says a Cambridge sociologist who published a study in the Lancet pointing out the correlation between the economic downturn and European suicides.

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Apr 14, 2012 11:50 PM CDT
People get desperate when you take away their free stuff.
Apr 14, 2012 9:25 PM CDT
Nothing to do with left/right ideology- EVERYTHING to do with over population in a sun-synchronized species Solar Mortality Theory DEFINES Modern History since 1796 defeat of public health issues- discovery & proof of Vitamin Deficiency as root cause of beri-beri, scurvy, rickets, etc and discovery of SmallPox innoculation. Since then every 3 generations like CLOCK WORK there's been global socio-economic upheavals leading to GENOCIDAL warfare when 4th generation arrives and who's working? Newborn, Aged and Retirees aren't Leaves only 1 generation working to support other 3 and its unsustainable. Yrs are 1860s, 1930s & NOW Root cause is that for 3 generations there's been 2 births for every 1 death and when the wave crests, there's an increase in DEATHrate to offset BIRTHrates that built us up to the crescendo. Welcome to our traditional FINAL SOLUTION when even the POPE should know a better solution is to decrease BIRTHrate, that is if he has a BRANE- Evidence says he don't have even anything resembling a brain Let me know when they discover intelligent life- I don't see any hereabouts on this, our only planet. We only had 2 kids, and that's a better solution to our planets problems than those who have 7 kids China figured it out some time ago- and even tho they have suicides, its more due to SLAVE WAGES and not over reproduction- You only have the God given right to reproduce yourself ONCE and once ONLY, not overdo it by 3X,4X,5X,6X,7X,8X,9X,10X,11X,12X,13X,14X,15X,16X,17X,18X,19X or more- what're you trying to do? Ruin the planet? Rwanda birthrate near 10X per family, where 2stood had to make room for 1024 so their gov't ordered all civilians to be massacred- NO ROOM for any more born people- Double DUH
Apr 14, 2012 8:21 PM CDT
Suicides are spiking in Ireland? That's the first I heard of it.