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[Correspondence] Greek financial crisis and child mental health

During the past few years, the percentage of Greek children living in poverty or social exclusion has been on the rise as a result of the financial crisis. Although several reports1–3 showed that depression and suicide rates have increased in adults in Greece, no relevant studies exist in child and adolescent populations. It is well known that poverty is a distal risk factor for children’s mental health and development. The psychological stress associated with poverty has proximal effects, such as harsh parenting, and distal ones, such as children’s antisocial behaviour and other mental health problems.