Depression rates rising in Greece
Question for written answer E-001702-17
to the Commission
Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL)
According to data collected by Greek scientists and discussed during a conference on mental health, the number of cases of depression have increased at an alarming rate in Greece during the economic crisis, above all as a result of debts and threats of home repossession. Specifically, it is estimated that in 2015, more than 500 000 in Greece were suffering from depression. Meanwhile, the surge (a 35% increase) in suicide rates due to austerity measures is extremely disturbing, and rates of involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation (by court order) have been soaring in recent years, from 56.6% in 2012 to 74.5% in 2014.
— What information does the Commission have regarding the increasing depression rates in Greece?
— What is the Commission doing to address this situation?
— How much more do Greek citizens have to suffer as a result of extreme austerity measures?
-  http://www.tanea.gr/news/greece/article/5403642/500-000-ellhnes-pasxoyn-apo-katathlipsh/