With property and stocks on a depressing slide, suicide notes are telling of overwhelming debts taken on by mothers, fathers, couples and young singles. About a dozen deaths already have been attributed to the financial crisis. They included housewives, businessmen, a taxi driver and investors living on borrowed money or borrowed time. The latest victim was believed to be the owner of a travel agency who was found hanged in his Tsim Sha Tsui office on Monday. 'The whole community approach to living has been that there are opportunities here - and one takes an opportunity when it appears,' says Family Welfare Society executive director Tom Mulvey. 'Over the past five to 10 years people have seen others making money on the stock market. If you had any money that was seen to be a way to increase it, rather than putting it in the bank.' Chinese University social work lecturer Professor Mok Bong-ho says many have sacrificed family and friends to chase the dollar. 'If you go past any local bank you can see groups of people around the TV watching the stock market movement. Everyone wants to make quick money and big money . . . it's housewives and students, the rich and the poor.' Wage-earners bringing home $50,000 a month had found ways to buy and mortgage up to three flats. 'In the past few years people could make good money . . . it reinforced their belief that they could make quick money,' he said. 'So when the property market collapsed, you could see the results.' Psychiatrist Dr Peter Tsoi Ting-kwok has seen only a few extra patients depressed by the crash. Family support and counselling could prevent some suicides, Mr Mulvey said. 'It's more likely to happen to people who already have some stress in their work or family life, and then this crisis comes along,' he said.