The Greek debt crisis has claimed two more lives, this time an elderly couple who committed suicide as they did not want to be a financial burden on their children.
Police in Vari, investigating the suicide of a 91-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife, have said the man first shot his wife and then committed suicide. Proto Thema reported the elderly couple were found dead in their bed. A letter was found explaining they did not wish to become a burden on their children.
As Der Spiegel reported Greece had one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe until the financial crisis took hold. Now the Greek media carries tragic tales of early death by suicide almost daily.
Figures cited by the Globe and Mail show 925 attempted suicides last year, and 690 by the end of August 2011.
Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias presented police data statistics on suicides to Parliament in November. Ekathimerini reported Dendias said there had been 3,124 suicides and attempted suicides in Grece since 2009.