Following a widely-circulated case of self-immolation last week, the Wall Street Journal has taken some time out to look at the human cost of Greece’s debt crisis.The health ministry says that rates have jumped 40% when compared to the same periods last year, and suicide help lines are facing 10 times the number of calls they are used to.
The callers usually fit a profile – “male, age 35 to 60 and financially ruined”. Unable to cope with their loss of status as a breadwinner, they have nowhere else to turn.
One psychologist talks of a “new phenomenon of entrepreneurs with no prior history of mental illness who are found dead every other week.”
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