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Suicide attempts increase in crisis-stricken Greece

Published 23/11/2012 | 11:15

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The number of people in Greece trying to kill themselves is rising as economic crisis deepens, according to official figures.

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There were 677 suicide attempts in 2009, 830 in 2010 and 927 in 2011, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said in a written response to lawmakers' questions.

The number is on course for a further rise this year, with 690 incidents registered by police as of August 23.

The figures did not clarify how many suicide attempts led to loss of life.

A 77-year-old retired pharmacist became a symbol of national anguish when he shot himself dead outside parliament in Athens in April.

He left a note saying he refused to scrounge for food in the garbage.

Greece in heading towards a sixth year of recession in 2013.

The crisis has thrown one in five out of work and gross domestic product has shrunk by a fifth.

Many Greeks blame spending cuts and tax hikes demanded by lenders - the European Union and International Monetary Fund - for their plight.

REUTERS

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