The impact of economic austerity and prosperity events on suicide in Greece: a 30-year interrupted time-series analysis.
Bottom Line: Greece from 1 January 1983 to 31 December 2012.Sensitivity analyses that figured in undercounting of suicides also found a significant, abrupt and sustained increase in June 2011 (+20.5%, p<0.001).The consideration of future austerity measures should give greater weight to the unintended mental health consequences that may follow and the public messaging of these policies and related events.
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Mentions: The total number of suicides in Greece underwent a significant, abrupt and sustained increase of 11.2 average suicides per month (35.7%) in June 2011, when the Greek government passed a second series of austerity measures (p=0.0004). No other austerity-related or prosperity-related events corresponded to significant shifts in total suicides (table 2, figure 2A).