The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods
December 22, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time.
Many of these stories, no doubt, are meant to help people cope with the melancholy and nostalgia that some people experience at this time. Some of them include the voices of professionals, such as police or mental health providers, who claim to have experienced a rise in suicide deaths during the holidays.
What is notable about these claims is that, if any...