What more does the world need to hear to rid themselves of the partial reality the paid media portray of Greece? Or are suicide victims lazy Greeks who all couldn’t live with the thought of having to work for a living? Maybe they were all tax evaders who couldn’t find new ways to not pay their taxes?
But, let’s be serious for a minute. No one has the right to live if they’re called Greek. Greeks’ sole rights are to work to pay the government that hasn’t slashed their luxury salaries proportionately and has already written off political party debts to continue receiving tax-payer money to pay for their electoral campaigns (elections that haven’t been officially announced yet though newspapers worldwide proclaim that elections will take place) as well as continued perks. Greeks also have no right to elect their leaders, seeing as appointing the banker, Papademos, who changed the books to fraudulently put Greece into the Euro is the best solution possible for everyone involved.
Naturally, most of the money that hasn’t been given to Greek banks so the latter can continue to spend it on expensive television ads, has already left the country to fall on the hands of Greece’s saviors — and let no one say that the Germans or the French didn’t work hard to make all the millions in interest rates they are now enjoying (Germany made a cool €380 million in a year). No, I will not hear of it; the reason they now enjoy the fruit of their labor is because they worked to make the billions they loaned to Greece. Surely then, someone must have an answer as to why the EE didn’t allow Greece to export all its cotton, tobacco or olive oil all these years by placing quotas while German automotive companies had carte blanche. And will someone pay those dratted German WWII reparations already!
Brussels, 25th September 2011
Greece – Augmentation of 40% of rate suicide
The Greek Minister for Health – Andeas Loverdos – reported that suicides in the first 5 months of 2011 may have increased 40% compared to the same period in 2010. The report states that most of these suicides are connected to the financial crisis. According to the same report, the suicide helpline received last year 4 times more telephone calls than previous years most of which had to do with the financial crisis. The region of Athens is highest for suicides followed by Crete.
Already, last July, the BBC reported a study suggesting that the financial crisis «almost certainly» led to an increase in suicides across Europe. The analysis by US and UK researchers found a rise in suicides was recorded among working age people from 2007 to 2009 in nine of the 10 nations studied. The increases varied between 5% and 17% for under 65s after a period of falling suicide rates, The Lancet reported. The report came after a BBC investigation earlier this year found there had been a rise in anti-depressant prescribing during the financial crisis. Prescriptions for drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years with GPs saying more and more people were coming to them with money worries.
EuroHealthNet director Clive Needle added “This shows policymakers in EU states and institutions need to act now for mental and physical well-being in national and EU policies: starting right at the top with the EU 2020 process. It is not good enough to just go for growth and hope recessions do not recur – they are cyclical and systemic. We know enough now to act to support individual and community resilience – as the example of Austria shows, to make economies work for people not vice versa. We call on the EC to urgently review its core economic and social programmes for this decade to protect and promote well-being – the health of people comes before business profits.”
The report of the Social Protection Committee on the social dimension of the EU2020 strategy confirms this consideration when it underlines: “It remains difficult to evaluate the specific impact of the crisis compared to other possible factors or already existing health trends. However, Member States have identified negative impacts of the crisis on citizens’ mental health status, notably in the following areas: depression, anxiety, increased alcohol consumption and suicidal behaviours. In some Member States particularly affected by the crisis provisional data show a clear and very worrying increase in suicides.
To access information delivered by the Greek Health Minister, click here.
To access the BBC report, click here.