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(NPR)   Despite the added stress of shopping and extended families and the umpteenth rerun of It's a Wonderful Life, suicides do not spike over the holiday season   (npr.org) divider line 55
    More: PSA, It's a Wonderful Life, National Center for Health Statistics, Frank Capra, Jonathan Singer, Donna Reed, stress, suicides, advice column  
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2013-12-28 07:40:30 PM  
I thought this one was busted a long time ago?
 
2013-12-28 08:33:26 PM  
Who needs suicide to accomplish what getting in a political argument over Christmas dinner with drunk uncle Kermit and his glock could?
 
2013-12-28 08:34:10 PM  
You only wish you were dead.
 
2013-12-28 08:35:14 PM  
Homicides, however...

If my mother in law ain't gone tomorrow, well, I hope there's Total Fark in prison...
 
2013-12-28 08:38:29 PM  
April is the cruelest month.
 
2013-12-28 08:40:20 PM  

cwick: Homicides, however...

If my mother in law ain't gone tomorrow, well, I hope there's Total Fark in prison...


Alexis Valdez, Chicago Teen, Allegedly Decapitated Man As A 'Present' For His Aunt

Merry Christmas!
 
2013-12-28 08:42:42 PM  
Since you bring up "It's a Wonderful Life," let's recognize that no suicide ocurred there either. Clarence wound up talking George out of it. Which, we can therefore assume, is what explains the absence of a uptick in holiday suicides: increased angel intervention.
 
2013-12-28 08:43:08 PM  
There is a reason I moved 1500 miles away from my family.
 
2013-12-28 08:44:10 PM  
The rate is flat from November through January - and goes up when the Christmas bills arrive.
 
2013-12-28 08:44:16 PM  

fusillade762: cwick: Homicides, however...

If my mother in law ain't gone tomorrow, well, I hope there's Total Fark in prison...

Alexis Valdez, Chicago Teen, Allegedly Decapitated Man As A 'Present' For His Aunt

Merry Christmas!


Nah. That biatch and her lover told the little moocher to move out or get a job, so he chopped up her lover in a christmas gesture of "go fark yourself".
 
2013-12-28 08:45:28 PM  

fusillade762: I thought this one was busted a long time ago?


It was, but every year they have to remind everyone again that late spring/early summer is when suicide happens the most frequent.
 
2013-12-28 08:46:05 PM  
Suicide worked for me.
 
2013-12-28 08:57:08 PM  

cwick: Homicides, however...

If my mother in law ain't gone tomorrow, well, I hope there's Total Fark in prison...


Amen.

But...I ain't going to prison. I'm just....going.

Holy f*ck....a shiatty Hampton Inn with cable and QUIET sounds like gottdamm heaven.
 
2013-12-28 08:57:52 PM  
It always feels like we get more bridge suicides this time of year, but it may be the lack of other calls that makes them stand out.

I've worked one a day on my last 4 duty days.
 
2013-12-28 09:07:39 PM  

fusillade762: cwick: Homicides, however...

If my mother in law ain't gone tomorrow, well, I hope there's Total Fark in prison...

Alexis Valdez, Chicago Teen, Allegedly Decapitated Man As A 'Present' For His Aunt

Merry Christmas!


Child's play! I get my aunt a fruitcake to show her my feelings.
 
2013-12-28 09:11:09 PM  

Uzzah: Since you bring up "It's a Wonderful Life," let's recognize that no suicide ocurred there either. Clarence wound up talking George out of it. Which, we can therefore assume, is what explains the absence of a uptick in holiday suicides: increased angel intervention.


Not subby, but the idea was probably that watching it makes you want to kill yourself.
 
2013-12-28 09:12:40 PM  
People have
 
2013-12-28 09:13:47 PM  

Uzzah: Since you bring up "It's a Wonderful Life," let's recognize that no suicide ocurred there either. Clarence wound up talking George out of it. Which, we can therefore assume, is what explains the absence of a uptick in holiday suicides: increased angel intervention.


Damned socialist movie. Potter told George that he was worth more dead than alive. Why does St Peter hate the free market?
 
2013-12-28 09:14:10 PM  
Well, that's depressing.
 
2013-12-28 09:14:36 PM  
People have finally figured out why should I die when I can off all the people causingy stress
 
2013-12-28 09:44:17 PM  
That's because Starz started showing Bad Santa for 24 hours over Christmas Eve to counteract all the cheesy holiday movies.
 
2013-12-28 09:50:50 PM  
they've run out of other peoples money
 
2013-12-28 09:53:37 PM  
oh darn
 
2013-12-28 10:10:52 PM  

fusillade762: I thought this one was busted a long time ago?


It's just the annual "suicides don't peak at Christmas" story some intern has to run because everyone else is  on vacation.
 
2013-12-28 10:22:46 PM  
Umpteenth rerun? It airs once or twice a year. It has been thus for many years.
 
2013-12-28 10:24:41 PM  
That's because we all switched to homicide.
 
2013-12-28 10:25:58 PM  
Bit me subby, I like It's A Wonderful Life. Watching it is a Christmas tradition.
 
2013-12-28 10:31:32 PM  
Suicides may not peak at Christmas, but "Suicides Don't Peak at Christmas" articles peak at Christmas.
 
2013-12-28 10:41:45 PM  
My wife works for one of the major airlines, now coming home biatching about people wanting to come back early, evidently had enough "family" for another year, then complaining about having to pay for it. Just be lucky they aren't charged for baggage.
 
2013-12-28 10:45:57 PM  
Next thing you'll tell me is that the Super Bowl doesn't increase the number of wife beatings or child sex slaves sold.
 
2013-12-28 10:55:34 PM  

pueblonative: Next thing you'll tell me is that the Super Bowl doesn't increase the number of wife beatings or child sex slaves sold.


Wait, what?
 
2013-12-28 11:06:53 PM  

Gyrfalcon: pueblonative: Next thing you'll tell me is that the Super Bowl doesn't increase the number of wife beatings or child sex slaves sold.

Wait, what?


http://www.laweekly.com/2012-02-02/news/super-bowl-prostitution-hoax/
 
2013-12-28 11:07:53 PM  

pueblonative: Gyrfalcon: pueblonative: Next thing you'll tell me is that the Super Bowl doesn't increase the number of wife beatings or child sex slaves sold.

Wait, what?

http://www.laweekly.com/2012-02-02/news/super-bowl-prostitution-hoax/


Posted from my Kindle. Sorry.
 
2013-12-28 11:12:56 PM  

the_chief: Suicide worked for me.


Well, if you hang around long enough, I'll believe you.
 
2013-12-28 11:24:28 PM  
I would think any spike due to the holidays would be offset by the relief of work and especially school related issues.
 
2013-12-28 11:26:21 PM  

Abacus9: Uzzah: Since you bring up "It's a Wonderful Life," let's recognize that no suicide ocurred there either. Clarence wound up talking George out of it. Which, we can therefore assume, is what explains the absence of a uptick in holiday suicides: increased angel intervention.

Not subby, but the idea was probably that watching it makes you want to kill yourself.


I unashamedly admit I love that flick.
 
2013-12-28 11:28:08 PM  

pueblonative: Gyrfalcon: pueblonative: Next thing you'll tell me is that the Super Bowl doesn't increase the number of wife beatings or child sex slaves sold.

Wait, what?

http://www.laweekly.com/2012-02-02/news/super-bowl-prostitution-hoax/


Mother of god, that's one I never ran into before.
 
2013-12-28 11:35:01 PM  
The holiday season is usually the thing that helps get me through an otherwise depressing time of year.

Winter sucks.  It's the time of year when I go to work while it's dark, spend all day indoors while it's light outside and then go home when it's dark again.  My work schedule means I don't get much quality time outdoors, except on the weekends, and even then, that's pretty limited because I don't have much time to get outdoors.  Add to that the work stress this time of year.  A lot of clients are desperately trying to spend the last of their yearly budget in the the last quarter of the year, so workload and stress goes up considerably.

The holidays mean I get time off from work.  It means I get a few days of vacation, so I can spend time going for walks.  It means I have more time to spend with friends and family (that I happen to love).

For me the worst time of year is January and February.  The days are still very short.  There's little or no time off work.  The weather is usually cold and rainy, icy or snowy.  Add to that, the post holiday blues, and things can get downright miserable.

Fortunately, March is just around the corner.  In March, daylight savings kicks in.  The weather starts to improve, and by then, I've usually built up enough vacation time that I can take a couple days off work to recharge.
 
2013-12-28 11:39:08 PM  
Dad committed suicide 10 days before Christmas. I can't begin to imagine what the reason was, but I'm certain the timing was because he couldn't stand the thought of another holiday dealing with his mother.
/csb
 
2013-12-28 11:56:14 PM  
sorry infinitydreamer
 
2013-12-29 12:03:55 AM  
i usually commit suicide on the odd months.  leaving the even months for more enterprising endeavors.
 
2013-12-29 12:10:03 AM  
We had a rash of voluntary euthanasia a few decades back.
"They" sent in s team from the national epidemiology center to check it out.
I was clerking in a local store and they stopped in for lunch stuff.
I knew who they were by their shoes.
As I was ringing them up, I casually mentioned the must be from the NEC.
They were somewhat shocked that I knew and asked how I knew.
(C'mon, it's mud season in Vermont and you're wearing polished shoes, boneheads)
I replied that I knew 8/12 of the departed personally as customers and inquired if they had checklisted personal details, such as Did they listen to C&W radio on their presets in their cars? Did they all live in trailers? (Note pads start coming out) Did they smoke? (Scribbling in notepads begins) Did they all drink heavily? Did they all have Rotary Phone systems? (They all stopped cold and looked at me) Why would you consider that? they asked. Well, I said. at this time, the suicide hotlines are all automated, so you have to push buttons on your phone to get anywhere.
About a month later, they changed the phone system to allow rotary phones to access the system.
They also offered me a job, but I'm not working for idiots, I told them.

Now, if they offered me a job being in charge of firing incompetent assholes who set up systems like that, I may have taken it. But not for the money. Just to save a few souls.
 
2013-12-29 12:13:02 AM  
I wanted to kill myself after watching "Love, Actually".
 
2013-12-29 12:18:51 AM  

blottoman: sorry infinitydreamer


Oh, in rereading what I wrote I realize I'm an asshole for not specifying that it didn't happen this year.

Still sad, but mostly just weird to think I'm approaching the age he was when he died and I hope I have many more years left.
 
2013-12-29 12:32:42 AM  

Seacop: It always feels like we get more bridge suicides this time of year, but it may be the lack of other calls that makes them stand out.

I've worked one a day on my last 4 duty days.


That is rough. Sorry you have to deal with that.
 
2013-12-29 12:39:49 AM  

cirby: The rate is flat from November through January - and goes up when the Christmas bills arrive.


Then there are those who are insulated by their own stupidity from worrying about little, old nuisances like bills.
 
2013-12-29 12:41:39 AM  
Am I the only person that thinks Pottersville looked a hell of a lot more fun that boring-ass Bedford Falls?
 
2013-12-29 01:25:50 AM  
Companies usually wait until Jan or early Feb to unload people.

Its not good PR to unload people in the holidays.

We had a network engineer make colossal eff ups costing the company business, still paid him until an acceptable time to say the position is eliminated.
 
2013-12-29 02:44:33 AM  

MrHappyRotter: The holiday season is usually the thing that helps get me through an otherwise depressing time of year.

Winter sucks.  It's the time of year when I go to work while it's dark, spend all day indoors while it's light outside and then go home when it's dark again.  My work schedule means I don't get much quality time outdoors, except on the weekends, and even then, that's pretty limited because I don't have much time to get outdoors.  Add to that the work stress this time of year.  A lot of clients are desperately trying to spend the last of their yearly budget in the the last quarter of the year, so workload and stress goes up considerably.

The holidays mean I get time off from work.  It means I get a few days of vacation, so I can spend time going for walks.  It means I have more time to spend with friends and family (that I happen to love).

For me the worst time of year is January and February.  The days are still very short.  There's little or no time off work.  The weather is usually cold and rainy, icy or snowy.  Add to that, the post holiday blues, and things can get downright miserable.

Fortunately, March is just around the corner.  In March, daylight savings kicks in.  The weather starts to improve, and by then, I've usually built up enough vacation time that I can take a couple days off work to recharge.


It's like looking into a mirror
 
2013-12-29 07:02:21 AM  

MrHappyRotter: In March, daylight savings kicks in.


You do realize that DST doesn't actually change the amount of sunlight, right?
 
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