Franklin James Cook

Wednesdays and July, August Most Likely Times for Suicide

In Research on July 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

A USA Today story by Sharon Jayson covers a University of California, Riverside study showing that, regarding when suicides occur in the United States, “summer is the most common season and Wednesday the most likely day.”

Common beliefs about suicide being more likely on Mondays and during the winter aren’t really true … July and August are the most common months for suicide … [and] 24.6% of suicides were on Wednesdays.

The study was recently published online in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

It is based on data on almost 132,000 suicides from 2000-2005, from the U.S. Multiple Cause of Death Files, at the National Center for Health Statistics.

“What people believe to be the case — in sociology, frequently you find it is not the case,” says [the study’s co-author, Professor Augustine Kposowa]. “People believe because the weather is cold and people are depressed in the winter, there are more suicides, but in sociology, what we find is that the highest number of suicides are in spring and summer.”

[The abridged URL for this post is  http://tinyurl.com/SuicideTimes .]

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