October 17, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou
Economic crisis, unemployment and uncertainty for the future have risen dramatically the mental disease percentages in the Greek population. The scientists observe unprecedented rates of depression and suicidal tendencies and it is indicative that the suicides have increased by 22 percent during the years 2009 to 2011. In Greece, it is estimated that 25% of men and 33% of women (about 850,000 men and 1.1 million women) suffer from mild to severe depression.
The data from the European Union for Depression (EDA) survey on the impact of depression on employees in which 7,000 workers from across Europe participated, are alarming;
10% of the employees ask for leave from their jobs because they suffer from depression.The highest percentage is found in the UK (26%) and lowest in Italy (12%).
In addition 1 in 5 respondents was diagnosed with depression at some point of their lives and 1 in 4 sufferers do not ever let their employer to know . An employee who ask for leave due to depression, is missing from his/her work 36 days per year, which in total level may cost to the national economies up to 92 billion euros per year!