Saturday, December 30, 2006

I'm Very Surprised

Most everyone may know this, but it really surprised me.

ANNENBERG STUDY FINDS THAT THE PRINT PRESS INACCURATELY SUGGESTS SUICIDES RISE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Suicide is a serious public health problem accounting for between .4 and .9% of the deaths in the U.S. The CDC also report that in the population at large it is the eighth leading cause of death; but among adolescents, the third leading cause. In l998, 30,551 Americans took their own lives.

In the most recent year for which detailed national data are available (1996), the chart below indicates that November and December rank the lowest in the number of daily suicides. Spring and Fall are by the far the riskiest seasons for suicides in the US. Although research indicates that suicides may increase for a brief period after New Years day, January still remains one of lowest months for suicide risk in the US.


This shows the highs in spring and fall, which many of us who suffer from seasonal depression have experienced. And while suicide at any time is a tragedy, I am surprised, and pleased, to see this information.

5 comments:

Dream Writer said...

I think that I know what you meant...but "Pleased" to see this...It doesn't matter what the highs or lows are in months...it is still sad when suicide exsists no matter what.

Is this Bipolar related or just overall?

Jon said...

DW - these are overall stats, not just bipolar related.

I will reword that, but I meant I'm happy figures aren't as high as we expect them to be ANYTIME.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Jon!!!

marja said...

I'm with you - surprised.

The Queen said...

Thanks for sharing Jon:-)