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Suicide Rates Over the Holidays

Is the popular belief that the holiday season is associated with more suicides accurate? Read More


This is interesting. I too was under the impression that suicide rates were higher over the holidays and that it was also due to the fact that Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere is in the middle of winter, a cold and dark time. Well, in my neck of the woods it's summer so I thought either they've not bothered to study Southern Hemisphere suicides, or that they have and the type of season was irrelevant. And now it actually turns out suicides happen more when it's hotter!

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Nathan Heflick completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at The University of South Florida.


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