This is a must-read article in the New York Times. Check it out!
If suicides were an unavoidable consequence of economic downturns, this would just be another story about the human toll of the Great Recession. But it isn’t so. Countries that slashed health and social protection budgets, like Greece, Italy and Spain, have seen starkly worse health outcomes than nations like Germany, Iceland and Sweden, which maintained their social safety nets and opted for stimulus over austerity. (Germany preaches the virtues of austerity — for others.)
Personally, I am hopeful that Germany will discretely soften her stance after the September election. The alternative of continued “austerity” is unthinkable.