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Dec 10, 2012
Myth Busted! Rate of Suicide is Not Highest at the Holidays
We receive the question on a regular basis, “Does HeartLine’s call volume increase during the holiday season due to the increased rates of suicide?” This is a common question and is tied to a common belief that suicide rates are highest during the holidays. HeartLine has been honored to partner with the National Suicide Prevention Lifelines and provide these services to Oklahomans since 1997. Over that time we have not observed a significant increase in call volume during the holidays.
In reality, our highest call volume on the Lifelines occurs in the spring, which is consistent with findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Center for Health Statistics within the CDC reports that suicide rates are actually at their lowest in December and peak during the spring and fall. Click here to read more from the CDC related to holiday suicides.
December is a time where many families come together and people feel more connected and cared for. No matter what time of year it is, we encourage you to take time to connect with your friends and family. Listening and offering support throughout the year can make you a safe person to turn to and can really make a difference for someone else.
While the myth may not be based on facts, suicide is an important topic to bring awareness to year round. Help is available and with help comes hope. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, HeartLine is here to listen 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK.
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