- Since 2010, more than 2,500 people have taken their own lives in Greece.
- Also on the rise is the usage of anti-depressant drugs
- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said ‘there will be more hardship’
- The newspaper Ta Nea describes the mood among Greeks as a ‘society on the verge of a nervous breakdown’
- Mr Samaras will hold talks next week with euro zone leaders to propose that measures be spread over a longer period of time
The suicide rate is skyrocketing in Greece as the economic catastrophe engulfing the nation shows no signs of letting up.
A sun-kissed land with once the lowest recorded suicide rates in Europe, Greece has seen a huge spike in people taking their own lives.
Experts believe that not all suicides are the result of depression; some are ending it all in an act of ultimate political protest.
More than 2,500 people have taken their own lives since 2010.
‘This is the number for confirmed suicides. We think the real number is much higher,’ said psychiatrist Dimitris Boukouras. He mans a psyhiatric hotline that rings off the hook every day.