Myth: Because of SAD, suicide rates increase in winter.
Fact: Suicides peak in spring, followed by summer. In addition, they tend to increase on sunnier days and after sunny periods, independent of seasonal variation, according to an Austrian study published in November 2014 in JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers suggested that “susceptible persons may become agitated and impulsive while still having depressed mood, which could lead to an increased suicide risk.”
Myth: Suicides increase during the weeks around the winter holidays.
Fact: Contrary to what you may have read, suicides do not spike around the holidays. In fact, November, December, and January have fewer suicides than other months, according to the CDC.
Myth: Scandinavia has high suicide rates because of its long, dark winters.
Fact: Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, as well as Iceland, actually have annual suicide rates that are slightly below average.