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Suicide and acts of extreme behaviour will become increasingly frequent-2

11 March 2012 / 08:03:54  GRReporter
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Prevention could advert many situations and even save means, but it has not been developed in Greece over the years. "Prevention is a strategy, an organized state structure, which looks to the future. Just consider the fact that 85-95 percent of the suicide cases could be prevented this way. Only if we knew the symptoms that a person ready to go to an extreme demonstrates. Similarly, we could have handled all extreme behaviours in society. But in Greece we do not follow the logic of foresight. That's precisely what I mean by maturity of the society. A mature nation would be provident and would think about the future. We were unable to even provide for the people who pay insurance to be able to receive their pensions".

According to Kyriakos Katsadoros Greece was not ready for situations like this one. He believes, however, that this could turn out to be positive. "This crisis might make us better people. This is not a judgment, but a wish"

In times of crisis extreme views find expression and support very easily. "These include suicide, extreme reactions and extreme political reactions. They are related to the underdevelopment of the society. People cannot get away from extremes and meet together to find some middle way. Not to find leaders but people who could govern us in a dignified manner."

Does he really see this happening? "I would like it to happen. And I think at some point it will happen whether we want it or not. It is not possible to always look for the "perfect" leader of the country, it is not possible to always feel the constant need for such people. Let them be. But what is really needed is for us to become more mature and be able to cope on our own. As it is with children. They need their parents, but at some point they become adults and must come out into the world alone, in order to find their place in society. Greek people do not do that, they only have requests. They say "It’s not my fault, he’s to be blamed". Well, this mechanism is neurotic. We must finally try to understand to what extent we ourselves are the ones to blame for everything that happens."

In addition to the telephone line "Intervention for suicide 1018," which we "can barely keep up with", the organization "Klimaka" works for the establishment of such line for people who are one step away from ending up homeless on the street. Among their projects is also the creation of such a line for people who end up in prison too often for crimes related to the consequences of the economic crisis.


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