Unlike Christmas, New Year’s Day Sees a Spike in Suicides
So why the spike on New Year’s? Researchers suggest “the broken promise effect” may explain it—along with the increases after Easter and weekends. “Many of us are familiar with the feeling after holidays: ‘Was that it? I expected more fun, more relaxation, and tomorrow I have to go back to everyday life!’” according to clinical psychologist Martin Plöderl. “For depressed people, the broken promise of Christmas and the blank year lying ahead may increase hopelessness and thus suicide risk.”
The greater alcohol consumption that takes place on New Year’s Eve and Day may also play a role in lowering inhibitions, and “some people may postpone their planned suicide so that their families and friends can enjoy Christmas,” he explains.
Suicides Don’t Happen All Of The Sudden – Catch The Signs
Solider suicide, or Veteran suicide, like any other mental illness, will never reveal itself in one simple sign beforehand. Plus, for Veteran families, the “tough guy” mentality requires more scrutiny during New Year’s and in the weeks before New Year’s Day.
However, during COVID-19, the holidays are going to look much different. Where you would normally have friends and family gathered, no we don’t. So call them. Text. Tweet. Getting a holiday card puts a smile on everyone’s face.
Therefore, let’s make our 2021 New Year’s Resolution to Stop Soldier Suicide. Sixteen of the 22 a day are Veterans. Veteran suicide is caused by PTSD and depression. Stopping suicide by our active duty or non-servicing forces means stopping PTSD.
When people talk about suicide – that’s a sign!
If people communicate ideas revolving around death, others tend to trivialise it. The fact is that people who talk about suicide may be reaching out for help or support.
Failed attempts – that’s a sign!
Suicide survivors have a higher risk of attempting again. One needs to be very vigilant about it. Watch behaviours. Talk about it.
Sudden calmness – that’s a sign!
Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness can be a sign that the person has made a decision to end their life.
Along with HorsePlay Therapy, we are kicking off a new equine therapy for Veterans with PTSD in December. Your donations will help this along. Read more about the event here.
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Our Veterans are killing themselves in record numbers mostly due to PTSD. An overmatched VA can’t take care of them or their families. We will.
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