Our expert says:
Teen Suicide guest experts
Thank you for your question. You are correct, there is no research to state that there are more suicides that occur over the December period. Actually, there are the same amount of suicides that occur throughout the year, except the reason for the suicides vary.
I think that the myth was based on speculation only, some assume that many more people become depressed over the festive season than usual. While we do still receive calls from people throughout the festive season, it is not more than usual. At the moment, SADAG receives over 400 calls per day.
You are welcome to visit our website on www.sadag.co.za and read latest articles about depression and suicide which you might find interesting. There is also international articles on various mental health topics.
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