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.
References: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.
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