This is a brief follow-up to my recent post about suicide in Greece.
Two Greek educators – an elementary school teacher and a university professor – committed suicide this week.
The elementary school teacher, Savvas Metoikidis, was very politically active, taking part in protests and demonstrations over the past few years. Aged 44, he hanged himself in a storeroom on Saturday. Saturday marked the 45th anniversary of the military junta’s coup d’ etat in Greece, and he chose this day to protest the current situation in Greece with suicide. He died in the village of Stavroupoli, near here in the region of Xanthi, in Thrace. A tribute to him says
Savvas was always in the front line of our struggles, at strikes, in the small and large daily battles inside and outside the schools, fighting for the right to education for our children, for free public education, for the teacher, the worker, the unemployed, the immigrant, for a different tomorrow. Sensitive, socially aware, open to others, beside anyone in need, he never considered the personal cost in money, exhaustion, danger. With fairness and truth, a traveler of the open horizon, always laughing, a person primarily of deeds and not words. But his word was always his ‘sword.’ [my translation from here.]
He chose in the end to let his deeds speak for him.
The professor, Nikos Palyvos, PhD, a geologist and fellow WordPress blogger, was a lecturer at the University of Athens. Although he had been technically hired to the position of lecturer there, austerity measures prevented his hiring from going through to payroll and he was held in limbo, unpaid, for two years, along with 800 other professors. At the age of 38, he was no longer able to endure the privations of two years without income, and killed himself on Monday.
Dr. Palyvos specialized in the seismology of central Greece and the Peloponnese region.
The Suicide Helplines in Greece are 1018 and 801 801 9999. They are 24-hour, 7-day toll free numbers and a caller can remain anonymous. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.