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spring-bluebell_3213910bIt looks like the warm summer weather is finally here in the UK, and certainly everything is blossoming like mad. This is a good time for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – the hours of daylight are long, and the sun shines brightly.

But if you feel particularly low at this time, or like me experience fleeting stabs of absolute desperation even when all seems well, you are not alone.  It seems counter-intuitive but spring is the peak period for suicide. The reasons are not well understood.

Get help

I will write more about suicide at a later point, but for now, if you are feeling suicidal, talk to somebody and get help. In the UK email or call the Samaritans on 0845 790 9090 (24 hours a day), or go to A&E if you need to be in a safe place.

 

Whatever you do, don’t listen to sad songs like this!

 

Further reading

Jong-Min Woo, Olaoluwa Okusaga and Teodor Postolache Seasonality of Suicidal Behavior 2012

David Dobbs Clues in the Cycle of Suicide 2014

 

 

 

 

A seasonal suicide peak in spring is highly replicated, but its specific cause is unknown. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315262/

 

other reading http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/clues-in-the-cycle-of-suicide/?_r=0

spring can really hang you up the most

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