Clinical profiles among Greek adolescent suicide attempters: A latent class analysis

Background: Suicide attempts are a significant public health problem among youth, resulting in a major social and economic burden for communities and a devastating impact on families. Aims: To determine whether we can identify distinct clinical profiles using latent class analysis in a clinical sample of Greek adolescents who were admitted to hospital following a suicide attempt. Method: Data on […]

Suicide rates in Crete, Greece during the economic crisis: The effect of age, gender, unemployment and mental health provision.

ackground: Recently, suicides in Greece have drawn national and international interest due to the current economic crisis. According to published reports, suicides in Greece have increased up to 40% and Crete has been highlighted as an area with the sharpest increase. Aim: To investigate the suicide mortality rates in Crete between 1999 and 2013 and […]

Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in Greece during the economic crisis: An update.


The impact of economic austerity and prosperity events on suicide in Greece: A 30-year interrupted time-series analysis.

This is the first multidecade, national analysis of suicide in Greece using monthly data. Select austerity-related events in Greece corresponded to statistically significant increases for suicides overall, as well as for suicides among men and women. The consideration of future austerity measures should give greater weight to the unintended mental health consequences that may follow […]

What happened to suicides during the Greek economic crisis? Findings from an ecological study of suicides and their determinants (2003-2012).


Economic crisis, restrictive policies, and the population’s health and health care: the Greek case.

The global economic crisis has affected the Greek economy with unprecedented severity, making Greece an important test of the relationship between socioeconomic determinants and a population’s well-being. Suicide and homicide mortality rates among men increased by 22.7% and 27.6%, respectively, between 2007 and 2009, and mental disorders, substance abuse, and infectious disease morbidity showed deteriorating […]

Attitudes Towards Attempted Suicide: the Development of a Measurement Tool

This study developed, piloted, & validated a measure of health care professionals’ attitudes towards patients who have attempted suicide. A 102-item questionnaire was constructed from an existing instrument & findings from a literature review. A pilot study was carried out with a sample of 40 doctors & nurses. Questionnaires were then distributed to a sample […]

The Association Between Bullying and Early Stages of Suicidal Ideation in Late Adolescents in Greece

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Suicidal Attempts by Prescription Drug Overdose in the Elderly: a Study of 44 Cases

A series of 44 consecutive elderly Greek patients admitted to hospital after deliberate self-poisoning was reviewed for associated medical & psychosocial factors. In all but 3 cases, the overdose involved prescribed drugs. Women outnumbered men 2.7 to 1. There was a high proportion of chronic psychiatric & medical conditions. Chronic stress from physical illness, social […]

The Psychodynamics of Suicide in Sophocles’s Plays (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter presents an analysis of self-destructive behaviour as depicted by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles in two of his dramas, “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone”. It is concluded the self-destructive behaviour depicted illustrates some of the psychodynamic processes often present in the minds of suicidal individuals but that the plays do not present new ideas […]

Trends in Suicide Mortality in the Deprived Region of Epirus (North-West Greece) During the Period 1998-2002

This study determined the risk factors associated with suicide rates & the investigation of time trends in the deprived region of Epirus in north-west Greece. The suicide rate was found to be 2.65 per 100,000 population. There was a significant rising trend of male suicides in the 35-44 & 65-74 age groups. Three out of […]

Platelet Monoamine Oxidase Activity and Psychometric Correlates in Male Violent Offenders Imprisoned for Homicide or Other Violent Acts

Impulse control, lifetime history of aggression, suicide risk, & platelet monoamine oxidase activity was assessed in 82 male offenders imprisoned for homicide or other violent acts & in 54 control male subjects. Offenders showed significantly higher scores in Impulse Control, Past Feelings & Acts of Violence, Suicide Risk & Hopkins Symptom Check List-10 scales. Platelet […]

Changes in Suicidal Behavior Among Nation-Wide General Population Samples Across Greece

2 national cross-sectional domestic surveys on psychosocial issues & health status were carried out in Greece. Both studies were conducted with identical methodology & screening instruments, with probability samples of 4083 & 3708 adult respondents, respectively. The time interval between the 2 studies was 6 years. The presence of self-reported suicidal behaviour in the last […]

Gonadal Axis Hormones in Psychiatric Male Patients After a Suicide Attempt

Plasma levels of testosterone, luteinizing hormone, & follicle stimulating hormone were estimated in 80 male subjects after a suicide attempt & in whom a psychiatric assessment was done during their hospitalization. Suicide intent was evaluated in 72 subjects. A group of 56 healthy males served as controls. As a group, attempters showed significantly lower testosterone […]

Suicidal Ideation in Prisoners: Risk Factors and Relevance to Suicidal Behaviour. A Prospective Case-Control Study

This study investigated risk factors for suicide ideation in prisoners as well as the prediction of suicidal behaviour by suicide ideation. 67 male Greek prisoners who expressed suicide ideation were evaluated; 67 prisoners without suicide ideation served as controls. All participants were followed-up prospectively for 12 months after their initial assessment. Independent significant risk factors […]

Seasonality of Violent Suicides in the Athens Greater Area

The aim of this study was to ascertain suicide seasonality in the Greek population & to associate this seasonal variation with age, gender, & suicide method. The deaths caused by violent suicide (not self-poisoning) were studied. Statistically significant suicide seasonality was established with a peak in May. This seasonal variation is attributed mainly to males. […]

Euthanasia and Suicide in Antiquity: Viewpoint of the Dramatists and Philosophers

This paper examines attitudes towards active euthanasia & suicide in ancient Greece by studying the works of various dramatists & philosophers. Active euthanasia was rejected by the majority of both because it was considered to be a violation of the autonomy of the individual & an action against the will of the gods. Passive euthanasia […]

Suicide in the Greek Penal System and the Problem of Various Limitations in Relevant Studies

Suicide rates among prisoners in Greece have shown great fluctuation over time. This review of literature indicates various limitations mentioned in the relevant studies lie in the unreliability of data, e.g. doubts about the validity of official statistics, missing data in archives, missing files on victims, suicide in juvenile institutions not always recorded separately. The […]

Prevalence of Mental Disorders and Deliberate Self-harm in Greek Male Prisoners

The Myth of Aristotle’s Suicide

Suicide Risk in a Forensic Population in Relation to Platelet Monoamine Oxidase Activity and Impulsivity: Preliminary Observations

The authors review the findings of their study estimating suicide risk & impulse control in Greek violent offenders, comparing these variables to prison personnel, & determing the relation of these variables to their platelets monoamine oxidase activity.

Suicidal Ideation in Inpatients With Acute Schizophrenia

This study investigates the prevalence of suicidal ideation in population of inpatients with acute schizophrenia, together with the clinical parameters associated with suicidal thoughts. The authors assessed 93 schizophrenic patients, matched subjects for age & sex & compared subjects with & without suicidal thoughts. They then performed stepwise multiple regression analysis to assess the association […]

Voluntary Self-Poisoning as a Cause of Admission to a Tertiary Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic in Piraeus, Greece Within a Year

The present paper records all cases of voluntary self-poisoning with drugs or toxical substances hospitalized in an internal medicine department in Pireaus, Greece within a year. The incidence rate & the distribution in terms of sex, age, marital status, employment, the kind of toxical substance taken, the outcome & the causes are also studied. The […]