(No, actually, it’s not. You’re just late.)
you can leave out the Knives and nooses, at least until new year’s.
Right about now the usual talk about the holidays and depression starts to circulate, and we take it as axiomatic that some people are going to spiral into a family/excess expense/sugarplum-fueled vortex of despair. But, wait, there’s good news! In the category of things-you-won’t-believe-but-are-nonetheless-true, falls the myth about suicide and Christmas.
Researchers Simon Carley and Mark Hamilton reviewed 16 papers on the Christmas-New Year’s season (Emerg Med J 2004 21: 716-717), and found that suicide and parasuicide rates go down around Christmas. They do, however, rise slightly at the start of the New Year.
Despondent? Celebrate with those you love, and don’t go home alone.