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Parliamentary question - E-001702/2017Parliamentary question

Depression rates rising in Greece

Question for written answer E-001702-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
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[1]. 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?