Europe & USA: 10,000 suicides and a million depression cases can be blamed on austerity


Austerity is devastating the health of people in Europe and North America by driving suicide, depression, and the spread of infectious disease, according to new research.

It is also reducing access to medicines and care which is further affecting people’s health, the study suggests.

The authors, Oxford University political economist Dr David Stuckler and Dr Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor of medicine and an epidemiologist at Stanford University, said their findings show austerity is seriously bad for health.

In a book to be published this week, the researchers say that more than 10,000 suicides and up to a million cases of depression have been diagnosed during what they call the ‘Great Recession’ and its accompanying austerity across Europe and North America.

They also claim that in Greece, moves like cutting HIV prevention budgets have coincided with rates of the AIDS-causing virus rising by more than 200 per cent since 2011.

They suggest that the 50 per cent youth employment rate has also increased drug abuse which has further increased the spread of HIV.

The study also revealed that Greece experienced its first malaria outbreak in decades following budget cuts to mosquito-spraying programmes.

The researchers added that more than five million Americans have lost access to health care during the latest recession, while in Britain, some 10,000 families have been pushed into homelessness by the government’s austerity budget.

‘Our politicians need to take into account the serious – and in some cases profound – health consequences of economic choices,’ Dr Stuckler told Reuters.

‘The harms we have found include HIV and malaria outbreaks, shortages of essential medicines, lost healthcare access, and an avoidable epidemic of alcohol abuse, depression and suicide,’ he said.

‘Austerity is having a devastating effect.’


im surprised they havent blamed global warming for this..but seriously this is the fallout of the banks being bailed out..10,000 suicides is obscene..negative energy turned up to full maximum..

” five million Americans have lost access to health care during the latest recession”

“Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.”


~ by seeker401 on May 3, 2013.

6 Responses to “Europe & USA: 10,000 suicides and a million depression cases can be blamed on austerity”

  1. middle aged = baby boomer

    = spoiled brat assholes poisoned by demoralization
    = ” we stopped that war!” only they didnt
    = when it’s about sex, everything is excused
    = had nothing to say about gulf1,panama,gulf2,afghanistan,iraq … just the fairytale about that *one* bad war
    = elected clinton, bush, and obama
    = go ahead and kill yourselves, jerks

  2. lol, mabbe they’ll put a final breath tax for having contributed to the global warming, oz the co2 laboratory…

    • yeah that was last year..i laughed..the carbon tax must never be spoken of in a bad way!!

  3. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in the U.S. today. However, I agree with XXX as usual. He just sums it up 100%. I’m so sick of the baby boomers myself. Poisoned by demoralization, and that’s where it all begins. After them it only got worse and worse.

  4. Jct: People play mort-gage death-gamble and complain about ending up morted?

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