Holidays May Actually Protect People Against Suicide - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Holidays May Actually Protect People Against Suicide

Contrary to popular belief, major holidays are actually associated with a lower number of suicides. But, days in the beginning of the week and in the start of spring were linked to more suicide attempts.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati found that holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, are actually associated with a lower number of suicide attempts, suggesting that increased family or social support may actually be protective against suicide attempts. The one exception is New Year’s Day, which had significantly higher numbers of suicide attempts by overdose.

Researchers compared the number of suicide attempt on various holidays to three control dates. To capture related suicide attempts, researchers included a window of three to seven days around each of the days in the study.

Researchers said that by studying times when suicide is most likely to occur could lead to a better understanding of when prevention techniques could be best utilized in terms of either counseling patients or staffing crisis centers.

Read more about the study.

 

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