As the old adage goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Along with the tulips, sun and warmer temperatures, springtime brings with it a multitude of factors that lead to a notable increase in suicide rates. There are several different theories as to why we see a spike during spring. If you took a poll, most people would probably guess that the highest rates of suicide occur during the winter months, but this just isn’t so.
Every age group saw an increase except for older adults. Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, posits that this escalation in suicide rates supports a larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health.” Click here for information on how Oregon measures up in suicide rates and trends.
What do the early warning signs look like? Which groups are at the highest risk? People who may be suicidal can be identified by their mood, the things they’re saying and how they’re behaving. Click here for more information on the signs of and risk factors for suicide. If you find yourself in a slump, here’s a link to get support. Has your life been touched by suicide? Here’s a link on ways to cope with the painful impact of suicide.