Reuters (6/1, Kelland) reports on mental illness and suicide in crisis-stricken countries such as Greece, and the lasting impact it can have even after the crisis is over. The piece quotes sociologist David Stuckler, of Cambridge University, who said, “Austerity can turn a crisis into an epidemic. Job loss can lead to an accumulation of risks that can tip people into depression and severe mental illness which can be difficult to reverse – especially if people are not getting appropriate care. Untreated mental illness, just like other forms of illness, can escalate and develop into a problem that is much more difficult to treat later on.”
— “Analysis: Greeks count mental health cost of a country in crisis,”Kate Kelland, Reuters, May 31, 2012.