Aphorismus #1013

Suicides by Economic Crisis*

Financial crisis puts the lives of ordinary people at risk, but much more dangerous is when there are radical cuts to social protection.

Austerity can turn a crisis into an epidemic.

David Stuckler, a sociologist at the University of Cambridge, who led a study published in The Lancet that found a sharp rise in suicides across Europe, particularly in seriously affected countries like Greece and Ireland from 2007 to 2009, years that coincided with the downturn.

* NY-Times 15.4.2012: Increasingly in Europe, Suicides ‚by Economic Crisis‘