Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scientific study documents that the economic crisis has catapulted suicides in Greece (The impact of economic austerity and prosperity events on suicide in Greece)

Scientific study documents that the economic crisis has catapulted suicides in Greece (The impact of economic austerity and prosperity events on suicide in Greece)

Author: dikaiopolis, day Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Increase in suicides in Greece "after events associated with austerity" notes study of Greek and American researchers published in the British medical journal BMJ Open.

The team of researchers specifically studied the monthly statistics on suicides in Greece from 1983 to 2012 in relation to the events associated with the austerity programs since 2008, or contrary to reflect the prosperity of the previous years (for example the integration country in the Eurozone in 2002 or the Olympic Games in 2004).

According to the survey, the announcement in June 2011 of a second austerity package that included reductions in salaries of civil servants and reducing expenditure on social protection, seems to have the strongest effect on the curve of suicides. As the principal author of the study, Professor Charles Branagh, the number of suicides (men and women) increased by an average of 35.7% in the months since this date, compared with the average of previous months.

The researchers also point to the rise in the number of suicides among men since the beginning of the Greek recession in October 2008 (+ 13.1%) and in April 2012 (+ 29.7%), after the suicide of a retired a square of Athens.

In May and July 2012, the monthly number of suicides reached the highest point ever had seen the last 30 years, with 62 suicides and 64 respectively. Unlike the lower levels in the annual reports of suicides are reduced in the most favorable economic periods: in February 1983 and November 1999 (14 suicides).

According to Mr. Branagh, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, is not only the economic policies that affect the curve of suicides, but also "public messages' that accompany these policies.

These decision-makers and the media must be aware "of potential negative impact of public health, particularly in suicides', these austerity measures, emphasizes the professor. Guest post; original source in Greek

Now that they finally elected someone that seems to do a much better job addressing the concerns of the people hopefully this will reverse itself soon in Greece but India and many other countries are having the same problem and even in Greece there are already some signs that they might not do more than they have to if they can get away with it. One of the latest offers being considered will replace the loans to be paid on the condition of a growing economy; which might mean that they could be settled with them indefinitely.

If the IMF, World Bank and World Trade Organization have their way they won't consider the way these debts piled up or if they were the result of tactics used in company stores on a global basis where a small segment of society controls the entire economy and rigs it so that the rest of society can never maintain a decent life and pay off their debts at the same time.

Or as the saying goes "debt = slavery" especially if that debt is the result of a rigged system.

The destructive role of IMF and World Bank over the world (relevant articles)

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