According to a November report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, the number of suicides in Greece increased by forty per cent between 2010 and 2015, as a result of the economic crisis. This is mostly true.
The death rate relating to suicide would have increased by 7,8 per cent per year since 2009. The report of HR Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic refers to an article from the Greek Reporter of April 11, 2017. However, the article on this news website does not mention a forty per cent increase between 2010 and 2015, but only a yearly increase of 7,8 per cent.
The Greek Reporter doesn’t name the research report that shows the increase of 7,8 per cent. It only refers to the researchers: ‘Philip Philippides’ from the School of Public Health at the Imperial College London, ‘John Toundas’, professor of Social and Preventive Medicine in Athens and ‘Vasiliki Gerovasili’ from the Harefield Hospital in London. After we tracked down the original report, we concluded that the Greek Reporter misspelled names of the researchers and institutions, including those of Filippos T. Filippidis and Yannis Tountas.
The original research paper doesn’t mention a forty per cent increase of suicides in Greece between 2010 and 2015. Only the annual increase of 7,8 per cent between 2010 and 2014 was mentioned. We converted the given numbers and concluded, after a calculation, that the stated forty per cent was most probably correct. The percentage was actually rounded down.
If the number of suicides was 100 in 2009:
Conclusion: Based on the data provided by the report by Philip Philippides from the School of Public Health, there was an increase of 45,58% in the number of suicides in Greece between 2010-2014. We can conclude that the statement that was made in the report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe is predominantly true.
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