Private Investigator Greece | Economic depression linked with depression [17/10/2012]
Depression is estimated to affect one third of Greek women and one quarter of Greek men (Reuters)
Scientists are underlining that the continuing economic crisis, combined with uncertainty about the future and generalised insecurity is increasing depression rates in the Greek population dramatically and is threatening their bodily health.
It has been estimmated that in Greece 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men (about 1.1 million women and 850,000 men) are suffering from mild to serious depression.
According to experts, the economic crisis currently constitutes the main cause of the increase in depression cases throughout the world. It is estimated that the disease affects 350 million people worldwide. According to the results of a worldwide study on mental health carried out recently in 17 countries, about 1 in 20 people reported experiencing an episode of depression in the past year.
The disease can affect people from all walks of life and in certain serious cases it can lead to suicide, experts say. Every year and all over the world about one million lives are lost due to suicides, or about 3,000 deaths on a daily basis.
Suicide in Greece has risen by a third since the criss hit, according to the Daily Mail. On September 6, protesting firemen, police, and coastguard staged hangings outside of parliament to draw attention to the increased suicides in the face of austerity and crisis.
According to the World Health Organisation, by the year 2020 depression will be the second most common reason for inability to work and by 2030 the first, unless drastic measures are taken to combat it.
The announcements were made by Haralambos Papageorgiou, Professor of Psychiatry at the Athens University, during a press conference in light of the 18th National Conference of Internal Pathology, which will be held in Athens on October 18-20.
Those who are suffering from depression can call hotline 1034, run by the University Mental Health Research Institute, from 9am to 9pm Monday-Friday for help or to talk. Callers can request an English-speaking counsellor. (Athens News/le, AMNA) Link:[http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/9/58685]No data