Are There More Suicides During the Holidays?
People will often suggest that suicides are more prevalent during the holidays, but is that statement accurate? This very believable thought process considers the Christmas blues and the constant dark of the winter as extra fuel for depression and suicidal thoughts.
In fact, the media as a whole has been particularly vocal about this idea and has discussed the idea in the news or portrayed it through characters in festive movies.
As a result of these claims, studies have looked into suicide rates during the holidays and have found some fascinating results that will change that preconceived notion.
The Rise of Suicides During the Holidays is a Myth
From the Christmas movies where families are happily reunited to the Hallmark commercials that show everyone finding their true love, it is easy to see why people might feel frustrated and empty during this time. However, contrary to popular belief, many studies have found that suicide rates are lower during the holiday season.
Moreover, those suffering from depression are generally in a better mood at this time. Many researchers suggest that the holiday season (giving and receiving, being close to family, etc.) can act as a buffer of sorts to suicidal thoughts. Based on the numbers, it seems as if the Christmas blues are a bit of a myth.
Increasing Awareness and Support to Help to Prevent Suicides
Just because the holiday season provides a bit of a dip in suicides, it does not mean the thought of suicide is gone forever though. Similar studies found that depression and suicide rates peak in the spring and summer months, which are right around the corner. That is why it is so important to use the holiday season as a chance to connect with loved ones and be open to hearing about their thoughts and mindset.
At times, those who struggle with depression may need a safe outlet to share their thoughts and feelings. When that is the case, it is best to seek the advice of professional counselling. A counsellor can help patients better understand why they are feeling the way they are, and how to prevent suicidal thoughts from occurring in the future.
While the myth is that suicide is common during the holiday season, it could not be further from the truth. Christmas time might give families their best chance to help a loved one overcome their depression.
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