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Suicide Rate is up World Wide
« on: July 06, 2011, 11:24:37 AM »
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The Rising Body Count on Main Street/The Human Fallout from the Financial Crisis

Suicide is now one of the top ten causes of death AND White middle age men in the U.S. are killing themselves:

http://economiccrisis.us/2010/08/rising-suicide-rate-worldwide-linked-economic-crisis-expert/
Rising suicide rate worldwide linked to economic crisis, experts say - Aug 2010
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Mental health experts say the sour economy has turned what usually manifests as seasonal blues into a full-blown crisis. The fear of losing one’s job and pressures caused by a downturn in business, demotion or pension plan cutbacks can be bad for mental health and therefore increase suicide risk.
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Japan is already home to one of the highest rates of suicide in the industrialised world, with an estimated 30,000 killing themselves every year. Amid deepening fears of a global recession, the rate is expected to surge even higher, fuelled by the growing prospect of job losses, decreased financial security and a rise in social dissatisfaction.

A recent study from Flinders University in Australia concluded that the suicide rate amongst Australian farmers was around 50%  higher than the rest of the population. “Relationships are one of the greatest supports for suicidal people,” Laura Kennan, Australian expert say. And finances have an impact on relationships.”

In the US, Men and women between 45 and 54 years old have the highest suicide rates in the country among nine different age groups as economy tanks and GOP blocks jobless benefits.

Women seek help for suicidal thoughts more often than men and added that “acknowledging the problem” was a crucial step to getting help.

But while suicides increased slightly in 2006 and 2007 across the United States, researchers noted suicide rates for people in their 40s and 50s have been steadily growing over the last decade.

http://www.worldcrunch.com/greece-depression-and-suicide-rate-rising-face-economic-crisis-national-shame/3350
Greece: Depression And Suicide Rate Rising In Face Of Economic Crisis, National Shame
Unemployment, economic hardship, and the shame of being considered Europe’s black sheep – the Greek have never been so dispirited. And the number of cases of clinical depression and suicides is soaring.

While the rest of Europe may be tormented by the thought of having to cough up ever more money to bail out Athens, the once carefree Greeks are getting more depressed by the day. Psychiatrists say that the economic crisis has triggered a 25 to 30% increase in the number of patients seeking their help.
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[ Notice that the Bankers are checking the effects of their work: ]

http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/25/why-the-happiest-states-have-the-highest-suicide-rates/
Why the Happiest States Have the Highest Suicide Rates
By Maia Szalavitz Monday, April 25, 2011
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Economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the University of Warwick in England and Hamilton College in New York examined life satisfaction scores provided by 2.3 million Americans state by state, and comparing these with state suicide rates.

Utah, for example, ranks highest in life satisfaction — but also has the ninth highest suicide rate in the U.S.
The No. 2 happiest state is Hawaii, which comes in fifth for suicides.

New York, in contrast, comes in 45th in life satisfaction but has America's lowest suicide rate.

http://articles.philly.com/2011-04-13/news/29413955_1_suicide-rate-military-suicides-suicide-prevention
Suicide rate is slowly rising
April 13, 2011 |By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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societal trends are well-known:

elderly people commit suicide at rates that are 50 percent higher than young people,
whites nearly three times more than blacks,
men nearly four times more than women
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The difference represents only a few thousand deaths nationwide, adding up to a change in rate from 10.9 per 100,000 population (in 2004, 2005, 2006) to 11.7 per 100,000 (in 2009, based on very preliminary data).
But that was enough to move suicide into the list of top 10 killers,
down from No. 11 (blood infections) for the first time since classifications changed in 1999.
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Perhaps the most dramatic trend is not new but has now continued to increase for a decade:

The suicide rate among ages 45 to 64 grew 28 percent between 1999 and 2009, surpassing what for years was the most suicide-prone demographic, the elderly.

Unemployment and financial anxieties could play a role [duhh] . And they tend to go along with factors such as substance abuse and family problems that also are known to affect suicide.

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Re: Suicide Rate is up World Wide
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 11:54:12 AM »
Maybe they should put lithium in their water supply, that way they can be calm and forget their troubles.  <Sarcasm OFF>


Adding lithium to the taps 'could lower suicide rates'



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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 11:57:59 AM »
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Unemployment and financial anxieties could play a role [duhh] . And they tend to go along with factors such as substance abuse and family problems that also are known to affect suicide.

Money, money, money... must be funny... actually, no. The end.  ;D

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 12:16:24 PM »
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/15/study-us-suicide-rate-rises-falls-with-economy/
Study: US Suicide Rate Rises, Falls With Economy Apr 15, 2011 – 8:02 AM

America's suicide rate rises and falls in relation to how well the economy is doing, according to the first-ever study to compare age-specific suicide rates to U.S. business cycles

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/AJPH.2010.300010v1

The study, titled "Impact of Business Cycles on the U.S. Suicide Rates, 1928-2007," was conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Mental health experts and economists say the strongest correlation between suicide and economic downturn is found in Americans in their prime working years, ages 25 to 64.
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By far the biggest rise in suicides occurred in the Great Depression, when the national suicide rate jumped from 18 per 100,000 adults in 1928 to more than 22 per 100,000 people in 1932 -- an all-time high. That's a 22.8 percent jump over four years.
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The U.S. suicide rate fell to its lowest point in the year 2000.
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Sadly, Luo's findings have been reflected in untold numbers of suicides during the recent economic downturn in the United States, when nearly 10 percent of workers are still unable to find jobs.

Such deaths are often unreported in the media.

Last month, a 29-year-old maintenance worker jumped to his death from the roof of the city hall in Costa Mesa, Calif., hours after the city announced major layoffs. The man had worked for the city for four years and been told he might lose his job.

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http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0414_suiciderates.html
Press Release
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2011

CDC Study Finds Suicide Rates Rise and Fall with Economy
Study looks at suicide rates from 1928–2007
The overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released online today by the American Journal of Public Health. The study, "Impact of Business Cycles on the U.S. Suicide Rates, 1928–2007" is the first to examine the relationships between age-specific suicide rates and business cycles. The study found the strongest association between business cycles and suicide among people in prime working ages, 25-64 years old.

"Knowing suicides increased during economic recessions and fell during expansions underscores the need for additional suicide prevention measures when the economy weakens," said James Mercy, Ph.D., acting director of CDC's Injury Center's Division of Violence Prevention. "It is an important finding for policy makers and those working to prevent suicide."

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 12:20:50 PM »
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2079813,00.html
The Greek Mental-Health Crisis: As Economy Implodes, Depression and Suicide Rates Soar
By Alain Salles / Le Monde / Worldcrunch Monday, June 27, 2011

http://www.worldcrunch.com/
This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Le Monde.

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Greeks are getting more depressed by the day. Psychiatrists say that the economic crisis has triggered a 25% to 30% increase in the number of patients seeking their help.

"There is an increase in the number of patients suffering from minor psychiatric conditions: anxiety, panic attacks and depression," says Dimitris Ploumidis, head of a mental-health center in eastern Athens. "In September 2010, people had to wait two weeks for a consultation, now it's more like two and a half months."
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Before the crisis started, Greece was proud to be at the bottom of the list in Europe for the number of suicides, with a rate of 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. But that might be changing. Experts believe that in 2009 the rate of Greek suicides increased by 18% increase compared with 2007, with that figure expected to have climbed even higher in 2010.

Most people who commit suicide come from Athens or the island of Crete, where several business people killed themselves in the midst of grave financial problems. "The desire to commit suicide always has more than one cause, but a lot of those who come to us for help are people who used to make a good living and who are now having financial difficulties," says Aris Violatzis, a psychiatrist from the Klimaka NGO, which runs a suicide hotline


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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011, 12:41:22 PM »
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Suicide rate 22 per 100,000 people in 1932 -- an all-time high

Todays suicide rate in Las Vegas nears the Great Depression (National) rate....

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In 2008, 383 people committed suicide in Clark County. The suicide rate increased from 17.5 per 100,000 to 19.3 per 100,000, according to the Sun’s analysis of data from the coroner’s office.

Leaving Las Vagas

The 2008 suicide rate increased in part because of nonresidents coming to Las Vegas and killing themselves.
About 10 percent of the suicides in 2008 were nonresidents, according to the coroner’s data.
That’s up from about 7 percent in 2007 and about 9 percent in 2006. (One unanswerable “chicken and egg” question about suicides in Las Vegas is whether emotionally unstable people come here and kill themselves, or whether the city makes people unhealthy.)

Las Vagas hard hit economically:
Here is an article with specific rates that show the recent past wasn't all that healthy! :

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/05/economic-plunge-cited-factor-suicide-rate-spike/
Economic plunge cited as factor in suicide rate increase
By Marshall Allen, Alex Richards Sunday, April 5, 2009 | 2 a.m.
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Many signs point to the economic bust as a factor, experts said.

“Those folks that were on the ragged edge to begin with are now on no edge at all, so they have nowhere to turn and are taking their lives because of it,” Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said.

[ the perfect crime ! ]

The reason a person kills himself is usually a mystery because the only person who knows is dead.
Only about three in 10 people who commit suicide leave a note.
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Murphy and the coroner investigators who go to suicide scenes increasingly find evidence of financial hardship, he said.
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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the suicide rate was highest from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, when it hovered at around 25 suicides per 100,000 people, and
peaked in 1982 at more than 30 suicides per 100,000.

Wray said the high suicide rate raises broader concerns for the community, including the copycat effect involving people who know someone who committed suicide.
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In 2008, 383 people committed suicide in Clark County. The suicide rate increased from 17.5 per 100,000 to 19.3 per 100,000, according to the Sun’s analysis of data from the coroner’s office. By comparison, the national rate was about 11 per 100,000 in 2005, the most recent year for national data.

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“A runaway suicide rate can have a chain reaction effect in the long term,” Wray said.
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Gant-Reed said more middle-class people are calling the [suicide/mental health]  hotline for the first time.

Some distressed callers were employed by the financial industry. One mortgage broker told her he was at the end of his rope, in the field for 20 years and now unemployed.

I’ve lost my job and I’m losing my house and I’m losing everything and I’m 55 years old,” she recalled the man saying.
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Another caller, a financial adviser, said he tried to apply for a job at McDonald’s but they wouldn’t hire him because he couldn’t speak Spanish and they knew he wouldn’t stay in the job long term, Gant-Reed said.
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People from 45 to 54 years old made up 23 percent of the suicides, the largest of any 10-year age range. The median age at the time of death was 48, and about four of the five suicides were men.
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Re: Suicide Rate is up World Wide
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2011, 12:52:41 PM »
Colorado too!!:  18.4 per 100,000

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_16096291
Battling our high suicide rate
By Zeik Saidman Posted: 09/17/2010 01:00:00 AM

People working in the field of suicide prevention were shaking their heads after a recent state report found that after three years of declining numbers, the

suicide rate increased to 18.4 per 100,000 or a record high of 940 suicides in Colorado in 2009.
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For many years, Colorado (as well as many other western states) has ranked in the top 10 for deaths by suicide.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2011, 01:05:03 PM »
In Northern Ireland - young men are killing themselves:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0124/suicide.html
Coroner claims suicide 'rampant' in Ireland
Updated: 23:32, Monday, 24 January 2011

The Offaly County Coroner has said that suicide is rampant and is a really serious situation in Ireland at the moment.

Dr Brian Mahon was speaking in Tullamore during the hearing of inquests this morning into the deaths of five people through suicide. He said the situation appears to be particularly serious in rural areas, where there seems to be an increase in suicide deaths. Evidence was given during this morning's inquests on the deaths of five men in separate incidents.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/16/suicide-rates-northern-ireland
Sharp increase in suicide rates in Northern Ireland
Northern Irish suicide rates have risen by an alarming 64% in the last decade.
Mary O'Hara reports on how communities are taking action

Mary O'Hara The Guardian, Wednesday 16 March 2011
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Local newspapers splashed on the deaths, while politicians, including west Belfast MP and leader of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams, declared the situation a "crisis" and vowed to act. A friend of mine articulated a commonly expressed sentiment: "Why is there so much money being spent on road safety when more youngsters are killed by suicide than on the roads?"

Suicide rates have been rising markedly in Northern Ireland over the past decade. According to the Public Health Agency (PHA), after a period of relatively static figures in the latter half of the last century, between 1999 and 2008 rates of suicide in Northern Ireland increased by 64%.

Most of the rise was attributable to young men in the 15 to 34 age group. A large proportion was concentrated in disadvantaged areas and, in particular, north and west Belfast.

In 2002, 76% of all suicides in Northern Ireland were male, and 60% were between 15 and 34 years old.

By 2008, the latest year for which a reliable breakdown of the statistics is available,

77% of suicides were male, but the proportion aged between 15 and 34 had risen to 72%.

Figures for 2010 are as yet unavailable but, according to data collated by the PHA, the number of deaths registered as suicides last year looks set to exceed the 260 identified in 2009.
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Stephen Platt, Samaritans' trustee and professor of health policy research at the University of Edinburgh, says: "The suicide rate in Northern Ireland appears to have increased after the end of the period known as the Troubles.

Previous studies have shown that suicides decrease during periods of war because people feel a sense of integration in their communities while uniting against an adversary. When war ends, this feeling falls away to the detriment of mental health.

"Suicide rates can also be affected by a number of different things including recession, rising unemployment, budget cuts and other social factors."
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011, 01:30:25 PM »
Maybe they should put lithium in their water supply, that way they can be calm and forget their troubles.  <Sarcasm OFF>

Adding lithium to the taps 'could lower suicide rates'

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/07/05/070511-news-pot-critic-1-2/

There are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2011, 01:39:40 PM »
I can't help but wonder if the psychopathic, ruling-class control-freaks who literally get off on human suffering aren't angered by this trend.

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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2011, 12:01:22 PM »
http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/

In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide.

Although traditionally suicide rates have been highest among the male elderly,

rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, in both developed and developing countries.
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Mental disorders (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role.

Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved.

http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/evolution/en/index.html


http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicide_rates_chart/en/index.html
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2011, 12:04:45 PM »
http://www.good.is/post/more-us-soldiers-killed-themselves-than-died-in-combat-in-2010/
More U.S. Soldiers Killed Themselves Than Died in Combat in 2010
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One of the problems hindering the military's attempt to address soldier suicides is that there's no real rhyme or reason to what kind of soldier is killing himself. While many suicide victims are indeed afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after facing heavy combat in the Middle East, many more have never even been deployed.

Of the 112 guardsmen who committed suicide last year, more than half had never even left American soil.

"If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, "because we don't know what it is."
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2011, 12:25:09 PM »
The Highest suicide in the world was Belarus - now it's Lithuania - Why?
Gee - could the economic conditions for the older males and young men have anything to do with it? :


http://naviny.by/rubrics/english/2011/03/24/ic_news_259_364007/
Suicide rates on the decline in Belarus
24.03.2011
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Along with Russia and Ukraine, Belarus has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Lithuania where the rates reach 46 to 48 per 100000 population is the world`s leader.

A national plan was launched in 2009 to prevent suicides, Mr. Ihumnaw said, noting that 25 governmental agencies and organizations were involved in its implementation.

Mikhail Khasminsky, head of the Moscow Crisis Psychology Center, said that media coverage of suicides could provoke suicide-prone people to kill themselves as suggested by recent scientific surveys. He said that the Soviet-era practice of restricting media reporting on suicides and serial murders had positive effects.

Mr. Ihumnaw suggested that the media should focus on counseling services for potential suicide victims. However, he disagreed that suicide rates were low in the Soviet Union. Around 80,000 people committed suicide in 1984 compared with 15,000 deaths of Soviet soldiers in the Soviet War in Afghanistan, he noted

http://www.angelfire.com/tx/LABAS/2000/jan/suicide.html
SUICIDE IN LITHUANIA
Lithuania Takes the Dubious Honor of Having Highest Suicide Rate in World

By LEYLA ALYANAK ゥ Earth Times News Service, VILNIUS, Lithuania

This tiny former Soviet republic on the shores of the Baltic Sea has acquired a dubious distinction: It has the highest suicide rate in the world.

Suicides have increased steadily since independence in 1990, especially among young men (up 195 percent) and women aged 50 to 59 (up 106 percent).

In 1996 the suicide rate hit an all-time high of 46.4 per 100,000 people before settling at 44 in 1997.
These figures compare with 38 per 100,000 in Russia, 34 in Estonia, 33 in Hungary, 20 in Switzerland, seven in Spain, and three in Greece.

According to one specialized report on suicide, more people kill themselves in Lithuania each day (four to five) than die in traffic accidents. But these figures are relatively new and suicide has never been a traditional characteristic here. Before World War II, suicide rates in Lithuania were far below those of many other Eastern European countries.

Now, the Baltic States, with Lithuania up front, are leading the pack. "Suicide cannot be explained using only individual reasons," said Dr. Danute Gailiene, a psychologist and specialist in social issues. "It is the consequence of a complex process."

That process includes decades of Soviet domination, a dramatic transition period, the amount of media coverage given to suicides, and a certain perceived helplessness toward all of the above. These factors are intensified by the absence of a national suicide prevention strategy and a lack of in-depth research into the problem of suicide.

Experts say radical reforms in Lithuanian society have brought about a crisis in values, while growing economic unease has combined with increasing psychological and social insecurity and feelings of helplessness.

Still, they cannot pinpoint specific causes. Dr. Gailiene, writing in Lithuania's 1999 Human Development Report, places part of the blame on the mass media.
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Alcohol policies have also contributed to anxiety, depression and even hopelessness.

Under the Soviet system, liberal alcohol laws were tightened by the Gorbachev administration, and consumption fell significantly during the 1980s.

Those restrictions are no longer in place and, as a result, drunkenness is again quite common. On sunny days in Lithuania's cities and villages, small groups of unemployed men and women gather on street corners and gulp down low-cost liquor.

If and when the liquor runs out, they too might be pushed to consider options, perhaps even final ones...
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2011, 12:43:04 PM »
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0614/1224298857602.html
The Irish Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Rise in male suicides linked to economic downturn

Unemployment and recession having adverse effects on men’s mental health, writes PATSY McGARRY

MALE SUICIDES on the island of Ireland are on the increase and new research suggests a link between these and the recession.

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Describing this rise in suicides as “a particular cause for concern”, the report noted that research had also found that the recession and unemployment were having “extremely adverse effects” on men’s mental health generally.
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In a survey of all frontline organisations dealing with unemployed men on the island of Ireland, it found strong links between the recession/unemploy-ment and adverse health effects on men.

It also found that risks to health extended to men who felt threatened by unemployment.

The research was carried out by Nexus Research Co-operative on behalf of the IPH.

It found the main challenges posed by the recession/unemployment to men’s health were high levels of stress or anxiety, dependency on or over-use of alcohol/other drugs and deterioration in physical health.


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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2011, 01:12:41 PM »
They "knew" suicides would increase!:

http://www.realtruth.org/news/090108-001-economy.html
WHO Warns Economic-Motivated Suicide Will Increase in 2009

January 8, 2009 The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the number of suicides could increase as millions of people worldwide grapple with the economic crisis.

“There is a clear evidence that suicide is linked to financial disasters,” Director of the Department of Mental Health for the WHO, Benedetto Saraceno, told Reuters. “I am not talking about the millionaire jumping out of the window but about poor people,” he said.

Last July, a Texas woman picked up her husband’s gun and shot herself. She was in despair over a mortgage problem.

A 90-year-old Ohio woman tried to kill herself before she could be evicted from her home. She survived a gunshot wound in her chest.

In Los Angeles, Calif., a man killed his wife, their three sons and his mother-in-law, and then took his own life with a gun. Before suffering several months of economic hardship due to unemployment, he had worked for Sony in the accounting department.

A HSBC insurance executive in West London was found hanging in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel. Graduating from Henley Management College in 1994, the Danish-born native worked with HSBC in 2007 and was made head of insurance in Europe and the Middle East.

In Germany, a man who owned a business in drug wholesale and cement manufacturing, worth $9.2 billion last year, died when he jumped below a train in the southern German town of Blaubeuren. He had lost shares in Volkswagen AG and in HeidelbergCement AG, where shares dropped 70%. Just last December, he was negotiating from banks, to which he owed about $6.7 billion, to save his faltering business empire.

A 65-year-old apparent victim of a Ponzi scheme by Bernard Maddof took his life when he lost approximately $1.4 billion.

“Joblessness is a risk factor for suicide,” said Nadine Kaslow, professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta. “The stress is just overwhelming...People are freaked out” (ABC News).

Financial problems worldwide—increasing debt, unemployment, sagging sales, sharp decreases in share prices, among other economic setbacks—are leaving people in despair and are becoming major factors in the rising suicide rate.

“The most important thing is to ask for help,” said Ken Kondo, a spokesman for the L.A. County Department of Mental Health. “Not everyone can do that” (LA Times).

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone calls increased to 50,000 a month in 2008, about 35% higher than the previous year.
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2011, 01:23:12 PM »
http://earthsummit2012.org/blog/item/252-global-connection-global-action
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 11:20
Global connection, global action.
Written by  Owen Gaffney

Vive la révolution.

The revolutions sweeping the Arab world have been inflamed in part by sky-high food prices and fanned by online social networks. Now, everyone wants a piece of the action. Even the

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared the world needs a revolution.

The UN leader made the statement in Davos during a speech at the recent World Economic Forum. He was in Switzerland to promote his high-level Global Sustainability Panel, which is due to report to Rio+20.

The reason for his revolutionary zeal is clear. His panel is seeking workable solutions to global sustainability, something that has eluded international politicians for several decades.

Recent rhetoric from the Secretary General shows he is acutely aware of the consequences of failure. “Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss,” he told the World Climate Conference.

And at Davos he stated the global economic model was a “recipe for disaster” and that we are signing a “global suicide pact”.

What is driving him towards such powerful language?

The first clue lies in the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, and the unrest in Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran, sparked in part by massive hikes in food prices.

According to the World Bank, the key driver behind the upward spiral in food prices is “An unfortunate combination of weather shocks” in some of the main wheat-producing countries, followed, inevitably, by export bans. The price of wheat has more than doubled in seven months.

The World Bank estimates recent food price rises have pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty
(Under a dollar and a quarter a day). With confirmation that 2010 ties with 2005 as the hottest year on record, pundits are speculating whether this is a sign of things to come.

Indeed, the reinsurance giant Munich Re reported 2010 was a record year for natural catastrophes –  950 – of which 90% were weather-related, including severe droughts in some grain-growing regions. In a warmer world you would expect more droughts. Of course, the picture is complicated by growing populations demanding more food plus competing demands for land. In short, it is how these issues are interconnected ...
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2011, 01:26:23 PM »
TahoeBlue, since you're one of seemingly very few people who aren't afraid to tackle this subject head on, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the following when you have time:

       http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=209402.0
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2011, 01:47:31 PM »
White people and American Indians are the two most likely groups to commit suicide with the rate being 12 per 100,000 people.  This is shocking in some ways but at the same time people are seeing a decline in their quality of life.  Many people now are realizing that their children will have a lower quality of life and a shorter life on average than they did.  Another thing I find incredible is the feminization of poverty happening in the U.S.  This is a third world phenomenon because the rate of pay is so much less for women than men in most countries.  Because of the low pay, sweatshops hire women mostly.  I was reading this recently http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_16/b4224007222337.htm and in it I discovered some scary truths pointing to this and other failings of our economy and the statistics reported by the government.  Our unemployment rate is based on only those that are reporting to unemployment for benefits.  This shows that men are being left out of the workplace because in this country even women make 75 cents on the dollar to men.  This shows that unemployment rates are a lot higher than are being reported.  During the great depression the unemployment rate was 25%.  We are being told that the rate is about 9% now.  I have heard from many economists 20%.  Even if we are at 15% this puts us dangerously close to depression levels.  Right now at least 1 in 10 people are unemployed.  It could be as high as 1 in 5.  If we don't re-open factories in this country we are going to slip further into a third world, or as Russia is called, a failed state situation.   

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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2011, 01:57:55 PM »
TahoeBlue, since you're one of seemingly very few people who aren't afraid to tackle this subject head on, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the following when you have time: 91-Year-Old Grandma Busted in California for Suicide Kit Business

Yes, it is amazing isn't it? I got on to this since looking for similarities to the SDT thread ( Brainwashed - SDT - The Second Demographic Transition - One in five childbearing women childless (double from 1 in 10) ) .

With a million suicides per year worldwide it really isn't significant to the population , but as a misery index, it is a clear indicator to who and where they're "getting to" people. For every person that actually suicides, there must be 10 or 20 people "like them" who are quite miserable.

The fact that they are "doing studies"  shows the epic nature of the economic situation,

I think as a secondary-track is the "suicide machine booth" concept and the programming of people to just "pull the plug" on themselves is very big on the future dystopian agenda, possibly a next phase (2) concept.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_booth
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Compulsory self-execution booths were also featured in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series entitled "A Taste of Armageddon."

In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "A Taste of Armageddon", people who were deemed war casualties by the government of Eminiar VII were required to enter suicide booths. Treaty arrangements require that everyone who is calculated as "dead" in the hypothetical thermonuclear war simulated using computers actually dies, without actually damaging any infrastructure. In the end, the computers are destroyed, the war can no longer be calculated in this way, the treaty breaks down, and faced with a real threat, (presumably) peace begins.

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Study: US Suicide Rate Rises, Falls With Economy Apr 15, 2011 – 8:02 AM

America's suicide rate rises and falls in relation to how well the economy is doing, according to the first-ever study to compare age-specific suicide rates to U.S. business cycles
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2011, 02:36:30 PM »
I can't help but wonder if the psychopathic, ruling-class control-freaks who literally get off on human suffering aren't angered by this trend.

     "How dare those slaves go out on their terms instead of ours!"
Ok, then too they may be applauding.

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« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2011, 02:41:19 PM »
I can't help but wonder if the psychopathic, ruling-class control-freaks who literally get off on human suffering aren't angered by this trend.

     "How dare those slaves go out on their terms instead of ours!"

They want reduced numbers no matter what.

To them suicide is nothing more than personal initiative.   :-[

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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2011, 02:41:41 PM »
Ok, then too they may be applauding.

Possibly, but I doubt it. As Protean wrote in another thread:

As long as "the elite" can make profit from your death they are for it, and the longer they can profit the better, but should you pull the plug on your life, of your own "free will", that might start a nasty trend of people acting "on their own"---independently  of their owners consent. This independent act could lead to another--if life is so bad people are willing to take theirs--is there an alternative? Yes--if you are willing to die--then you are willing to risk everything to fight your oppressors.

To which I responded:

Now that, to me, is a more reasonable-sounding explanation than the mere quest for ever-higher profits.

The less afraid people are (particularly of their own deaths), the more difficult it is to control them via psychological warfare.

The following clip makes that very point quite effectively:

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbp6umQT58A
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2011, 02:56:14 PM »
To which I responded:  Yes--if you are willing to die--then you are willing to risk everything to fight your oppressors

In the "olden days" - it was old men who led and died in the battles since they had fathered children and lived full lives - they were ready to die for there families. (Norse / Saxon traditions to die in battle to go to Valhalla...)

Given a target enemy the old men would gladly fight to the death.

Possibly a forgotten tradition....


http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=41619
Anglo Saxon Scops
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Though they were sea-faring warriors, the Anglo Saxons were capable of strong emotions, best captured in poetry. However, these works were not written down. Rather, they were recited or sung. Some men even devoted their lives to this purpose. These skilled minstrels were known as scops.
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Here is a collection of some of the more important and widely known Anglo Saxon words-

Ring-giver - Name for the king, who gave gifts of gold rings and other treasures as prizes to deserving warriors.
Standard  - War banner given to a hero after a great victory or buried with a great king as a tribute into the Afterlife
Valhalla - The afterlife for the Anglo-Saxon people. In Valhalla, warriors battle all day and feast all night.



http://legacydarkage.com/wiki/index.php?title=Saxon
A Brief Introduction to the Saxons
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They are a war-like people with a very violent society. Warriors seek conflict to die in battle and be taken to Valhalla. Bloodshed is rampant and vengeance is a virtue, however, so is art and poetry
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Loyalty

The loyalty a Saxon warrior owes to his lord is the fabled cornerstone of the society. Once the thegn has pledged his service to a lord, he is expected to serve that lord until death. That does not preclude going out to seek fame—with his lord’s blessing of course—as Beowulf does when he leaves Hygelac to offer his services to Hrothgar. But when a thegn follows his lord into battle, he is expected to go on fighting if his lord has been slain. He must either avenge his lord’s death, or die trying.
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Warfare

Even more than Briton society, Saxon society is organized for war. Young warriors are kept on short leashes by their lords, and one index of the success of the comitatus is level of its discipline.
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2011, 09:41:39 PM »

Tahoeblue. Now I like the heck out of your post. Send me a notice, when required.

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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2011, 01:26:37 AM »
I can't help but wonder if the psychopathic, ruling-class control-freaks who literally get off on human suffering aren't angered by this trend.

     "How dare those slaves go out on their terms instead of ours!"

I dunno, the population reductionists would probably be thrilled if millions of people started offing themselves.
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2011, 12:24:45 PM »
Young men killing themselves in British Guyana (highest rate in America's):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate
Guyana 33.8 / 100K

Guyana carries continent's highest suicide rate

Home of the Jonestown massacre...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyana

Guyana   officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana,[1] previously known as British Guiana, is a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America that is culturally part of the Anglophone Caribbean. Guyana was a former colony of the Dutch and (for over 200 years) of the British. It is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations on mainland South America, and it is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which has its secretariat headquarters in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966, and became a Republic on 23 February 1970.
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The British assumed control in the late 18th century, and the Dutch formally ceded the area in 1814. In 1831 the three separate colonies became a single British colony known as British Guiana.

http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/27777.html#axzz1RWzVIQ1F
High suicide rates worry Guyana officials

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday June 11, 2010 – The Ministry of Health in Guyana is expressing concern about the high incidence of suicide in the country, as statistics show it’s one of the leading causes of death among young people there.

Suicide is recognised as a serious public health issue in Guyana with between 150 and 200 deaths annually. Information provided by the ministry for the 2003 to 2007 period show that there were 946 reported suicides in Guyana.

The statistics indicate that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people 15-24 and the third leading cause of death among persons aged 25-44.

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An EU "study" of the economy and suicide...

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15219312,00.html
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EU suicide rates rose markedly during economic downturn

During the recent global downturn, suicide rates rose markedly in the EU - particularly in countries that were hardest hit. British-based researchers are trying to find out what makes societies more or less vulnerable.

An article published by researchers with the British-based medical journal The Lancet highlights the human cost of the recent economic downturn.

They found that suicide rates rose markedly in European Union member states between 2007 and 2009. That reversed a steady downward trend in the number of suicides in EU countries recorded since the start of the millennium.

In the article, published on the journal's website on Friday, the researchers present their analysis of data from the 10 European countries for which complete statistics were available during the three-year period.

Not surprisingly, they found that the suicide rate rose most sharply in countries that were hardest hit by the economic crisis.

Greece saw its suicide rate among people under the age of 65 jump by 17 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year. Ireland experienced an increase of 13 percent.
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The article, which the researchers describe as a "preliminary assessment" does not actually include an estimate of how much of the rise in suicides is directly linked to the economic crisis.

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:  The researcher who led a team of five public health specialists, David Stuckler of the University of Cambridge, told the Reuters news agency that they would seek to establish that link in further research. He also said that while there were now signs of an economic recovery, the impact of the downturn would continue to be felt for some time to come.

The human cost

"What we're now also seeing is a human crisis. There's likely to be a long tail of human suffering following the downturn," said Stuckler, who describes the suicide rate as "just the tip of the iceberg."

"Suicide itself is a relatively rare event, but wherever you see a rise in suicides there is also a rise in failed suicide attempts and in new cases of depression," Stuckler said.
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« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2011, 12:50:12 PM »

Hungary Suicide rate - a  "culture" of suicide:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide_rates/en/
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HUNGARY 42.3 / 100k MALES  11.2 FEMALES

http://www.phespirit.info/gloomysunday/article_02.htm

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Gloomy Sunday - the Hungarian "suicide anthem".

"Little white flowers won't wait for you,
not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you.
Angels have no thought of ever returning you.
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?"

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Hungarians have long had a reputation as being the gloomiest nation in Europe. They are renowned for their pessimism, depression is a nationwide problem, and until recently they had the highest suicide rate in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. Recent surveys also show that they die earlier than most European peoples.

Gloom, depression and suicide seem to be part and parcel of Hungarian culture. "You can hardly meet with a Hungarian who wouldn't have relatives or friends who really committed suicide - it's a kind of national disease, it's a kind of sickness," says Peter Muller, a Hungarian playwright who has written a play about Gloomy Sunday and has studied the suicide phenomenon.

Suicide as a solution

In some areas in the countryside suicide is so general that no family remains unaffected. In recent years a number of small and isolated settlements in southern Hungary came to be known as 'suicide villages' as their rate is even higher than the average national figures. Until last year there were 4,500 recorded suicides a year in Hungary, which, was the highest per population figure in the world. Not only many people kill themselves in Hungary but they also often choose brutal methods: they jump down wells, hang themselves, or drink pesticides.

Psychiatrist Dr Bela Buda says one problem is that Hungarians regard suicide in a very different way to people in other countries. "In the unconscious popular mind suicide is a positive pattern of problem solution, it's a formula which is actualised in times of crisis because everybody has experiences with other persons who committed suicide and who were regarded not as failures but as brave people daring to restore their self-esteem and dignity by this desperate and heroic act."

The sadness and gloom has a long tradition in the country's history. Many famous historical figures, from the middle ages to modern times, ended their life with suicide. The politician revered as 'The Greatest Hungarian', Istvan Szechényi killed himself, as did a wartime prime minister, Pal Teleki, as did the poet Attila Jozsef, and as did the actor Zoltan Latinovits at the very same train station where the poet threw himself in front of a train. They were all outstanding talents and characters, but their suicides became part of what suicidologist call 'the heroisation of death'. Still today there are instances almost every year, Buda explains, of young people trying to commit suicide at the same train station where the poet and the actor had killed themselves.

According to Buda, the many historical models and their copying shows that Hungarian culture is "favouring defective, maladaptative patterns of solution for life problems". Others who have direct experience with people "in crisis" agree that suicide does seem to many Hungarians as a form of solution. A volunteer worker at an anonymous helpline phone service - where many calls are suicide related - has anwered callers for seven years. He also feels that suicide is an accepted form to solve problems. "Somehow it is in our culture that there is way to solve a problem easily, to quit in this way," he explains, "sometimes people want to punish somebody with whom they have a difficult relationship."

Alarming mental health problems
The high rate of suicide, however, is just one symptom of the Hungarians' dire mental health, psychiatrists say. About twenty-five percent of the population suffer of anxiety illnesses, and a very large part of it coupled with depression. There is a growing number of mental disorders and the rate of alcoholism and smoking is also alarmingly high, experts say.

Hungary now leads world statistics in liver sclerosis, 8500 cases a year, an illness directly linked to alcoholism, Dr Buda says. In 1995 there were 8500 cases of liver sclerosis death, in the previous year there were 7300. This was far the highest rate in any country in the world, according to Buda. "This dramatic elevation shows that in the last years there must have been a continuous heavy drinking in many hundreds of thousands people in Hungary".

In fact, many experts agree that behind the recent drop in suicide figures there is a growing rate of mental disorders and the growth of alcoholism. Buda says that "suicidality" itself has not decreased but merely manifests itself in alcoholism which leads to earlier death. In other words, many potential suicidal victims die before reaching the suicide age.

Life expectancy is now one of the lowest in Europe in Hungary, with the population decreasing by thirty to forty thousand every year, experts say. If this trend continues Hungary's population will fall below ten million by the next century.

Reasons and theories
Dr Buda says one reason for Hungary's disturbing mental health is the enormous social changes of the last decades, with which broke up old supporting kinship and family ties. Since the 1950s almost 60 percent of the population changed residence and social status during the process of accelerated industrialisation, Buda says. "This huge horizontal and vertical mobility meant that a lot of people became isolated, alienated, as kinship systems, family ties were destroyed," he says.

Similar changes also took place in other central and eastern European countries but in countries like Romania and the Slavic countries, the kinship and family ties remained stronger, Buda explains."What is important is that in Hungary the degree of individualisation is very high, almost as high as in the Western countries."

Indeed, Hungarians often say that they are caught in between two worlds, East and West, and feel that they are 'too western' for their geographical location. Hungary has often been compared by many writers to a ferry boat - moving between East and West, longing to anchor at the Western shore but always pushed back to the East.

"This intermediary situation is really characteristic - our short trips to the Western shores imbued as with values and aspirations, but we had to go back to our Eastern realities and if you taste something then you might begin to miss it," Buda echoes the theory.
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Many Hungarians, however, will insist that they are not really gloomy, let alone pessimistic. The fact that they complain readily and frequently, Dr Buda says, is merely a mechanism by which they cope with problems or try to elicit help. And many Hungarians will also emphasise that they really are a merry people, and they point to their many humorists, cabaret figures, and their passionately merry gypsy music. Peter Muller explains this by saying that the Hungarians have an essentially antagonistic spirit, a 'double feeling' in their mentality. Beside their gloom, there is always a determinism to survive, a "but" factor, in Muller's words.

"There is always a great 'but', and this 'but' is a very Hungarian word. 'But' we have to do it, 'but' we have to survive ..... It is in the melodies, it is in the music of the great Hungarian composers - you can find a lot of 'but's in Liszt's work, in Bartok's work - they are full of such 'but's. It's a very strange and special strength beside the sadness."

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« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2011, 01:12:46 PM »
Suicide and the Russian Federation:

Power point presentation:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/_files/pdf/curriculum/suicide/suicide_ppt.ppt.pps


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/jul/09/russia.nickpatonwalsh
Russia's suicide rate doubles

Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow The Guardian, Wednesday 9 July 2003 02.40 BST

The suicide rate in Russia has almost doubled since 1990, with nearly 57,500 Russians taking their own lives every year, according to figures released by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO's report, by Professor Dmitry Veltischev, of the Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry, showed the suicide rate among Russians to be 39.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2001, the equivalent of 57,500 cases among Russia's 146 million-strong population. This is about twice the world average.

The peak of recorded suicides was in 1994, when 42.1 people killed themselves in every 100,000, close to 2001's figure.

Russian men, the report said, are six times more likely to commit suicide than women, and the highest risk group among men is 45- to 54-year-olds.

Zoya Khodkina, of the Institute of Social Economic Population Problems, said: "The main source of suicide during the last 10 years is social and economic problems linked to people not being able to adapt to the new conditions [since the fall of Soviet Union]."

She added that the highest-risk groups involved men who had been unable to find a career during the last 15 years. Women's role in society had also suffered, she said. "Despite women's high level of education here, it is still very hard for them to find dignified work, if any work at all. Women became the first victim of market reforms."

Alcoholism was also blamed by the WHO. Russians drink an estimated 4bn litres of vodka a year.

http://nakedhealth.avvo.com/2010/10/the-7-most-depressed-countries-in-the-world/
The 7 Most Depressed Countries in the World

1. Belarus: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=36.8

Located in the Eastern part of Europe, Belarus boasts a population of just under 10 million people. The country is landlocked by several other countries with alarmingly high suicide rates, including Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine
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2. Lithuania: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=31.85

3. Russia: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=31.7

Russia’s suicide rates for men and women are pretty much right in line with Lithuania, with 53.9 for men and 9.5 for women per 100,000 people

4. Sri Lanka: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=30.7

5. Kazakhstan: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=27.6

6. Hungary: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=26.75

7. Japan: Suicide rate per 100,000 people=24.75

Japan’s government recently issued a statistic showing that the economic impact of suicide for its country is about $32 billion USD. The country is trying to resolve the economic problems that have helped cause a “psychological collapse of Japanese society.”

Japan also has a smaller gap between male and female suicide rates than most other countries. The male suicide rate per 100,000 people is 35.8, and the female suicide rate is 13.7.

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« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2011, 02:21:37 PM »
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-leads-in-youth-murders/416874.html
Russia Leads in Youth Murders
September 2010
By Alexandra Odynova

Russia has the worst record in Europe and Central Asia on homicides of young people, ranking ahead of Albania and Kazakhstan, and the world's highest youth suicide rate, according to recent reports.
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Albania ranked second, with 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people, while Kazakhstan was third with 10.66 deaths.
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Homicide is the third most common cause of death, following road incidents and suicides, for the surveyed age group, the report said. Chronic poverty in some countries and the global economic downfall also contribute to the death rate.
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There is renewed concern that the recession will increase mortality from homicide and suicide,” the report said. It called the deaths an "enormous loss to society," and said many murders could be averted by proper social and criminal justice policies.
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His words echoed a study released by UNICEF's Russian office last week that said the mortality rate among adolescents in Russia was four times higher than in most European countries.

Moreover, the suicide rate among Russian minors is the highest in the world and three times higher than the global average for this age group, said the report, called “Adolescent Mortality in the Russian Federation.”

About 45 percent of young women and 27 percent of young men in Russia have thought, at least once, about committing suicide,” UNICEF said in a statement.

http://www.interfax.kz/?lang=eng&int_id=in_focus&news_id=626

Suicide rate spiked for children in Kazakhstan, statistics

Astana. June 7. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Irrespective of the general downward trend in suicides in Kazakhstan, the suicide rate among children and teenagers has shown a steady increase, reports Kazakhstan's statistics agency.

"The suicide statistics in 2010 in general has shown a slight decrease. In 2007 the suicide mortality was 26.9 per 100,000, in 2009 it lowered to 24 and in 2010 reduced to 22," said director of the department of social and demographic statistics of the State Agency for Statistics, Gulnara Kukanova, at a round table on Tuesday in Astana.

Kukanova mentioned that the mortality ratio of 20 suicides per 100,000 is seen as critical around the world.

The major concern, she said, that the third of all suicides committed in the country are in children, teenagers and young adults under 29, she said. The suicide rate in the group under 18 increased by 1.7% to 238 in 2010, mostly caused by a spike in suicides in children under 14. Last year 74 children were reported to take their lives, which is 5 more than in 2009, she said.

"We have a case this year when a child of 7 committed suicide," said Kukanova.

Men are more likely to die from suicide. "77% of those who committed suicide are men and 33% women," said Kukanova.

The highest suicide rate in the group under 29 is reported in Eastern Kazakhstan (182), followed by Karaganda oblast (154) and Almaty (144).

During last year the suicide rate jumped 88% in Almaty and 68% in Mangistau region. It also increased in Astana (24%), Karaganda region (17.5%) and Atyrau region (14.7%).

The number of suicides in Kazakhstan last year came to 3,617 including 1,728 in urban area and 1,889 in villages. "This horrible statistics does not count the failed suicide attempts," she added.
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« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2011, 02:25:57 PM »
Talk about a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

If you are going to die take something evil out of the world when you go.

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« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2011, 02:56:18 PM »
I dunno, the population reductionists would probably be thrilled if millions of people started offing themselves.

I've already explained why that isn't necessarily the case. Scroll up and read my previous post in case you missed it the first time.
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« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2011, 06:28:00 PM »
Hi T. About 20 years ago I spent a few days there. I may not be on the money here but the folks were kinda out of it in general, just my feelings, , but I wouldn't be suprised if they had ben lab rats for bio chem trials. i have no data, just my personell oppionion. It was a very strange, a few other guys I know who have been there say the same thing.

Young men killing themselves in British Guyana (highest rate in America's):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate
Guyana 33.8 / 100K

Guyana carries continent's highest suicide rate

Home of the Jonestown massacre...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyana

Guyana   officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana,[1] previously known as British Guiana, is a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America that is culturally part of the Anglophone Caribbean. Guyana was a former colony of the Dutch and (for over 200 years) of the British. It is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations on mainland South America, and it is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which has its secretariat headquarters in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966, and became a Republic on 23 February 1970.
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The British assumed control in the late 18th century, and the Dutch formally ceded the area in 1814. In 1831 the three separate colonies became a single British colony known as British Guiana.

http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/27777.html#axzz1RWzVIQ1F
High suicide rates worry Guyana officials

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday June 11, 2010 – The Ministry of Health in Guyana is expressing concern about the high incidence of suicide in the country, as statistics show it’s one of the leading causes of death among young people there.

Suicide is recognised as a serious public health issue in Guyana with between 150 and 200 deaths annually. Information provided by the ministry for the 2003 to 2007 period show that there were 946 reported suicides in Guyana.

The statistics indicate that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people 15-24 and the third leading cause of death among persons aged 25-44.


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« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2011, 04:48:09 PM »
The other south American country with a high suicide rate: Uruguay

( in regards to the onset of Schizophrenia - A main trigger is "stress" and Depression )

http://www.infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/features/saii/features/main/2010/04/23/feature-01
High suicide rate looms over Uruguay
Uruguay owns one of Latin America’s highest suicide rates

By María Eugenia Guzmán for Infosurhoy.com—23/04/2010

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Mental illness is the major reason why an average nearly two suicides are committed daily in Uruguay, according to psychiatrist and neurobiologist Alvaro Lista, the director of Pharma Research Group, a health consultancy group in the southern nation.

Depression or its combination with other mental disorders, such as addiction and schizophrenia, causes between 60% and 70% of suicides, Lista said.

“Depressed patients do not receive adequate medical care,” Lista said.

There is plenty of room for improvement, considering just 10% of patients diagnosed with serious depression received medical attention in 2008 – just 2% higher than in 1998, Lista said.

The suicide rate of Uruguay – a nation of about 3.5 million – is equivalent to that of Japan, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the United States and Australia, according to the Uruguayan ministry of public health (MSP).
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Uruguay owns one of the highest suicide rates in Latin America along with Cuba and Puerto Rico
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In Uruguay, older adults have the highest rates of suicide, which is common for a developed country, according to the guides of prevention and detection of suicide risk factors, compiled by the MSP in 2007. The MSP claimed widowers, older adults who feel they are a burden to their families, victims of abuse and the terminally ill are those older than 60 who pose the greatest risk of taking their lives.
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But it also has given the cause its own day, as July 17th has been declared “national suicide prevention day.”

http://www.rmu.org.uy/revista/17/1/2/en/5/abstract/
High suicide rate in Uruguay IV: current epidemic situation
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Rev Med Urug 2001; 17: 24-32
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Suicide rates have gradually increased during the last 25 years showing peak figures in 1998, and receding in 1999. Rates in the countryside are still higher comparing to those in Montevideo, where the increment is more visible especially in males. The epidemic increase was mainly observed in November.

According to ages and in comparison to prior studies, young men (20 to 24 years and 40 to 50 years) and adolescent and adult women have shown higher increase. There is no association with unemployement rates nor with their variations.

http://www.fieldsofthefatherless.org/uruguay.html
Uruguay has been characterized by secularism and hope in man for over 100 years."
It is ..."the most secular state in South America

Uruguay has a largely unreached society with the second highest suicide rate in South America.
 
Hundreds of young boys and girls are abandoned in Uruguay every year. This is due partly because prostitution is legal, abortion is illegal, and the family unit is very unstable.

Many children are born to unwed women in prostitution, or they are born to parents in unresolved conflict. When the parents break up, or the mother can't take care of her children, they frequently end up in the state orphanage system, or on the streets. The by-product is many unwanted children, longing for love. Many could be helped through adoption, but Uruguay prohibits adoption of children out of the country, and in-country adoptions are few, due to government red tape.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21283939
Suicide attempt in under 15's: An experience in a Pediatric Emergency Depart

Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Suicide attempt (SA) in under 15's is one of the most frequent reasons for psychiatric consultation faced by paediatricians working in urgency services.
Uruguay is the country with the highest suicide rate in South America.
Suicide is currently the fifth cause of death in 10 to 14 year olds (1.8/ 100,000) and ninth in the 5 to 9 age group (0.4/100,000).

OBJECTIVES: To know the incidence of SA consultations in under 15's, the characteristics of their environment and methods used.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descriptive and prospective epidemiological study in a paediatric urgency service between 01/07/08 and 30/06/09.

RESULTS: A total of 145 patients were included. Mean age was 12 yrs. 7 m. A 77% were female. The triggering factors were: interpersonal conflicts (57%), affective losses (17%) and battering or sexual-abuse (11%). A 78% took medication. An 18% planned the SA. A 77% occurred at home. The life of 10% was at risk. One third had at least one previous SA. A 49% had a family history of psychiatric disorders, 28% of SA and 7% of suicide. Of the total 123 SA with pills, 101 were women (n 112) and 22 males (n 33) (p <0.05). Eight out of 15 under 10 year olds were male, and 25 out of 130 had more than 10 years of age (p <0.05). Among under 10's, 50% used a non-pharmacological method and this figure rose to 19% (p <0.05) in those with more than 10 years. An 88% rectified or regretted their action. Median length of hospital stay was 6 days. At the time of discharge, 99.5% did not present sequelae.

CONCLUSIONS: SA incidence in under 15's is 2/1,000 consultations per year. The main profile is a female between 12 and 14 years of age that attempts suicide at home using medication, preferably benzodiacepines, following a discussion or affective loss, without life risk. Among those under 10 years, there is a significant predominance of males using non pharmacological methods. Verification of these behavioural patterns will enable the design of prevention strategies in the age group studied.


http://www.uruguaydailynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1050:lower-suicide-rate-sought&catid=15&Itemid=16
Friday, 16 July 2010 08:32  

According to data released by the Ministry of Public Health yesterday (National Day for the Prevention of Suicide), approximately 600 people take their lives each year in Uruguay.

The data presented in the Palacio de las Leyes indicated that the suicide rate affected 18% of the population last year.  Uruguay ranks with Guyana, Cuba, and France as the countries with the highest suicide rate.  In Uruguay, the rate is higher among men, but more women than men unsuccessfully attempt suicide.

http://www.om.org/en/country-profile/uruguay
Country Profile: Uruguay
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Uruguay is economically declining, with over 20 percent of its work force unemployed and another 30 percent hugely under employed. This has caused thousands of people to leave the country in search for other places to work.
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Uruguay’s suicide rate is reported to be the highest of all Latin American countries. The pressures of the present economic crisis have increased this rate.
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Re: Suicide Rate is up World Wide
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2011, 01:08:09 PM »
Then there is the Ukraine :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17686929
Ukraine set to act on high suicide burden - 2007 Aug

Abstract
Having survived multiple catastrophes in the 20th century, newly independent Ukraine now has some of the highest injury death rates in Europe. The nation's most common type of injury death is suicide, and its rate is one of Europe's and the world's highest.

Alcohol abuse occurs in 20% of men, and major depression in 20% of women.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in the Ukrainian Army, which has begun to recognize and address the problem. Mental health is one of three current priorities of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health. The government is developing a mental health policy and plan, with potential for prevention of suicide. A national university in the capital has created a graduate school of public health to build human capacity to prevent and control disease and injury.

http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2007/05/11/suicide-rates-of-the-world/
Suicide rates of the world and why people kill themselves
May 11, 2007

Suicide rates all over the world have increased by 5- 62% in the last two decades. Hardly any country is immune to this disease. Whats disturbing is that more young people are killing themselves than ever before.

http://demographymatters.blogspot.com/2007/07/ukraine-population-and-fertility.html



What can be seen very rapidly from the first chart is that the total population of Ukraine is declining much more rapidly than that of Russia. In fact between 1989 and 2004 while the population of Russia decreased by about 2 per cent, for Ukraine the decrease over the same period was about 7.5 per cent. In absolute numbers terms Ukraine's population went from 51.7 million in 1989 to just over 46 million in 2006. In case this number means anything to you, Ukraine's population is currently declining at a rate of 0.675% a year, which is fast, very fast.

Now there are a number of reasons for this dramatic decline in Ukranian population, and one of these is fertility, which is currently in the 1.1 to 1.2 Tfr range, and as we can see, Ukraine's fertility actually dropped below that of Russia after 1997.



In fact, while Ukraine has one of the lowest fertility levels in Europe, it also has one of the highest death rates. In 2000, for example, the death rate reached 15.3 per 1,000 as compared with a 10.6 per 1,000 average rate for the countries of the European Union.
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High on the list of reasons for the high death rate among the working-age population are those factors which fall within the category known as "unnatural causes", by which we mean accidents, homicides and suicides. The main unnatural cause reflected in the death rate is suicide, and the rate of suicide has been growing constantly.

Other factors behind this high mortality are HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis. The incidence of tuberculosis more than doubled in the 1990s, and the death rate from TB more than doubled. About nine thousand people die from tuberculosis annually, more than 80 percent of these of working age (15 to 59).

At the same time according to opinions at UN AIDS and the WHO, Ukraine has the "most dramatic" epidemic of HIV/AIDS among all the countries of the former USSR. (Some background information on HIV aids in the Ukraine can be found on this WHO page).
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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2011, 02:23:25 PM »
I've already explained why that isn't necessarily the case. Scroll up and read my previous post in case you missed it the first time.

Based on your other thread and this..

I would agree it's a matter of 'control' - probably much more so than 'profit'. It is in fact a rebellious act, from some viewpoints. This might be why also, "People from 45 to 54 years old made up 23 percent of the suicides, the largest of any 10-year age range."

Perhaps because it's impacting the tax base and age ranges that they don't want to target.
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« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2011, 03:17:22 PM »
Then there's Sri Lanka: 

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_sui_rat_mal-health-suicide-rate-males

#5 Sri Lanka 47 / 100K

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/dec2001/sri-d28.shtml
Grinding rural poverty leads to suicide in Sri Lanka
By R.M. Gunathileke
28 December 2001

By R.M. Gunathileke
28 December 2001
In a remote village of southeastern Sri Lanka, D.M. Karunawathie, a 36-year-old mother of six, last month drank a lethal concoction of pesticides in a cornfield near her house. She was rushed to the nearest rural hospital at Uraniya and then transferred to the main district hospital at Badulla. But the poison had already damaged her vital organs and the medical staff was unable to save her life. She died four days later.

The tragedy is not an isolated one. Four other close family members have taken their lives over the past decade and the suicide rate is on the rise throughout the country. Karunawathie’s fate highlights the grinding poverty and hardships confronting broad layers of Sri Lanka’s rural population. She decided to kill herself as a way out of what had become an unbearable situation.
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The incidence of suicide in this remote village is a sharp expression of a more general trend. Sri Lanka has the world’s highest suicide rate, over 55 per 100,000 people—well above the average, which ranges between 10 and 25 per 100,000.

This rate has jumped dramatically over the past half century—from 6.5 in 1950 to 9.9 in 1960, 19.1 in 1970, 35.1 in 1980, 43.3 in 1993 and to the current estimate of more than 55.

There has also been a significant change in the age of those committing suicide. In 1950-60, the highest rate was recorded among older people—above 55 years, but in the next decade the group aged 30 to 55 years recorded the highest rate. Since 1970, the highest rate has been among young people 15-30 years and, in the 1980s, suicides among even younger children have started to increase.

http://www.statistics.gov.lk/social/social%20conditions.pdf

Social Conditions of Sri Lanka
Introduction
Sri Lanka is far ahead of her South Asian neighbours in the accomplishment of human development goals. Life expectancy at birth is currently 72 yrs. and is close to the estimated lifespan in the developed countries. High literacy rates, low mortality rates and the steadily declining population growth, reflect the country’s progress in the sphere of social development.
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The average lifespan has risen steadily, lengthening by 30 yrs. within the past five decades, thus reflecting the tremendous progress achieved in the health standards of the population.
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Another noteworthy fact that is visible during the last quarter of the twentieth century is the relatively high death rates among young and middle aged males. It may be a consequence of the civil disturbances that raged the country from time to time since early nineteen seventies.
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Suicides
Sri Lanka ranks first among South-East Asian countries with respect to commitment of suicide. Poverty, destructive pastimes and inability to cope up with stressful situations, are the main causes which tend to the sudden ending of human life in this tragic manner.
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Among men, suicidal tendencies appear to rise after 65 years of age, and increase considerably thereafter with the advancement of old age;

while among women these adverse feelings are most prominent during their late teens and early adulthood periods of (15 – 19)yrs., (20 - 24)yrs. and (25 - 29)yrs. age groups.
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Nearly 70% of those who have committed suicide in 1999, have ended their lives by
poisoning after the use of pesticides or unspecified substances
. Another 14% have
been subjected to strangulation or suffocation due to hanging themselves
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« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2011, 04:28:39 AM »
I think the cause of the rise of suicides is economic but for many of these suicides that's just a small part of the story.

 There is a HUGE number of men in the US (and internationally) that are having a very hard time keeping up with their ex wives child support and alimony payments and they know that princess and her buddies down at the "family" court will get a real thrill out of letting him do a little jail time to keep him in line. And of course when he finally gets out he will no longer have a job and will have no chance of having any kind of relationship with his kids because princess will say NO! and use them as a weapon to get her all important MONEY MONEY MONEY.After all she's got that big trip coming up with her girlfriends...
 
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« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2011, 01:31:07 PM »

Greek woes drive up suicide rate to highest in Europe

The suicide rate in Greece has reached a pan-European record high, with experts attributing the rise to the country's economic crisis.

Painful austerity measures and a seemingly endless economic drama is exacting a deadly toll on the nation. Statistics released by the Greek ministry of health show a 40% rise in those taking their own lives between January and May this year compared to the same period in 2010.

Before the financial crisis first began to bite three years ago, Greece had the lowest suicide rate in Europe at 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. It now has almost double that number, the highest on the continent, despite the stigma in a nation where the Orthodox church refuses funeral rights for those who take their lives. Attempted suicides have also increased.

"It's never just one thing, but almost always debts, joblessness, the fear of being fired are cited when people phone in to say they are contemplating ending their lives," said Eleni Beikari, a psychiatrist at the non-governmental organisation, Klimaka, which runs a 24-hour suicide hotline.

Klimaka received around 10 calls a day before the crisis; it now gets more than 100 in any 24-hour period.

"Most come from women aged between 30 and 50 and men between 40 and 45 despairing over economic problems," said Beikari. "In my experience it's the men, suffering from hurt dignity and lost pride, who are most serious."

As poverty has deepened, unemployment has hit an unprecedented 18% (with over 42% affecting the 25 to 40 age group) and crime has skyrocketed in a country heading for a fifth straight year of recession. Greece's social fabric is fraying in ways once unthinkable. With the homeless now exceeding 20,000 in central Athens alone, funding cuts disproportionately affecting welfare services and drug use on the rise, the economic crisis has morphed increasingly into one of mental health with depression, neuroses and cases of self-harm also surging, according to experts. Psychiatrists have reported a 30% increase in demand for their services over the past year with most patients citing anxiety and depression brought on by financial fears for the decision to seek help.

Child helplines have similarly been deluged by calls. "The crisis is clearly aggravating family relations," Katiana Spyrides, another psychotherapist, said. "In particular we've seen increases in the stress levels of children and adolescents who face new problems, such as seeing their parents imprisoned for economic crimes, or who because of the situation have had to compromise their emotional and other needs."

Psychiatrists say the alarming rise signals an urgent need for a national suicide prevention policy in a nation that until now had discounted the need for one.

"Preventative strategies have to be increased," said Beikari. "Teachers, prison guards, priests, police, professionals in a position to spot those who might be suicidal, need to be sensitised. This is an issue that can no longer be ignored."

Most suicides, attempted and real, have occurred in the greater Attica region surrounding Athens and on the island of Crete where a number of businessmen with no prior history of mental illness have taken their own lives over the last 18 months.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/18/greek-woes-suicide-rate-highest
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