‘Greece suicide rate up 43% in 3-yr span’

People wait outside an unemployment bureau in Athens. (File photo)

Official data has shown that the number of people who committed suicide in Greece increased 43 percent between 2007 and 2011.

Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Monday there was 26.5 percent increase in the suicide rate in 2011 compared to a year before and 43 percent compared to 2007, the year before the crisis began.

The agency said there were 328 suicides in 2007, 373 in 2008, 391 in 2009, 377 in 2010 and 477 in 2011.

According to Klimaka, a non-governmental organization (NGO), the number of people taking their own lives in the country could actually be much higher because many of these deaths are not documented.

The region with the highest suicide rate was Crete, where there were 37 suicides in 2011, according to the NGO.

Greece was severely hit by recession in early 2008 due to fiscal mismanagement resulting in tax rises and spending cuts.

The country has witnessed three years of austerity policies imposed the government in a bid to win bailout loans from international creditors, including the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

Greece™s unemployment rate stands at more than double the eurozone’s average reading of 12.1 percent. Nearly one in four Greeks are unemployed.

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