Year: 2016 Source: World Psychiatry.(2016).15(1).DOI: 10.1002/wps.20296 SIEC No: 20160059

The current financial crisis has exerted untoward effects on the mental health of the population worldwide, in the form of increasing prevalence rates of affective disorders and suicide1. Greece is among the countries most severely hit by the crisis and has thus attracted global attention with regard to the social and health-related repercussions of the economic downturn. In particular, throughout the years of recession, unemployment rates rocketed from 7.8% in 2008 to 9.6% in 2009, 12.7% in 2010, 17.9% in 2011, 24.5% in 2012, 27.5% in 2013 and 26.5% in 20142. At the same time, the proportion of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion rose from 28.1% in 2008 to 35.7% in 2013 and 36% in 20143.

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