Answer: B. False
It has been reported that suicide rates are lower during Thanksgiving and Christmas and higher during the spring and summer months.1
A common myth is that more suicides occur during these holidays when, in fact, the winter holidays represent a low point in suicide rates.2
A possible reason could be that the holidays are a time for families to be together and people are therefore less inclined to act on impulse than at other times of the year.
1. Beauchamp GA, Ho ML, Yin S. Variation in suicide occurrence by day and during major American holidays. J Emerg Med. 2014;46:776-781.
2. Van Orden KA, Witte TK, James LM, et al. Suicidal ideation in college students varies across semesters: the mediating role of belongingness. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2008;38:427-435.
This quiz is partially based on a Psychiatric Times article, Understanding and Overcoming the Myths of Suicide, by Thomas Joiner, PhD.