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Suicides actually fall during holiday season




It’s a holiday myth.

No one knows how it started, but over the years it’s become prevalent in American culture.

And it’s not true.

Suicide rates are not higher during the holidays than at other times of the year. Experts have the numbers to prove it.

The hot line at Provident Life Crisis Services in St. Louis, Mo., rings about 40 times on Christmas Day, said Susan M. Self, vice president of telephonic services and director of life crisis services. Nearly every other day of the year, the counselors field about 100 calls per day.

On average, about 9 percent of the 35,000 people who call the hot line each year are thinking about suicide. The percentage is the same on Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays, she said.


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