June 08, 2005

Suicide: Signs to Watch For

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Research finds elevated U.K. suicide incidence during spring months

There is a new article our of England which explains and examines why Spring is a season to be especially watchful of potential suicides, and that "May is the peak month for British suicides." Attempting to understand the reasons behind the occurrence of these suicides, may help us to prevent more in the future. Though this article focuses on depression, it is important to remember that many people who suffer from psychosis also suffer from depression.

The article states:

"Extensive scientific research in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and Australia has proven that suicides soar in spring, making May the most dangerous month of the year for those suffering from depression," says Chris Thompson, director of healthcare services for the Priory Group. "There is one suicide every 84 minutes in the U.K. and Ireland, with approximately 6,300 people taking their lives each year - more than double the number of deaths from road traffic accidents and 12 times the number of murders."

Further, "over a quarter of the British population know someone who has committed suicide."

According to the article, "...the partial remission - usually characterized by some left-over symptoms of depression: specifically, mild symptoms such as depressed mood and fatigue - which most depression sufferers experience in the spring often provides the boost of energy required for executing a suicide plan," explains Thompson. "People coming out of depression have a higher suicide rate than those who are severely depressed and this is exacerbated by the season. Spring is a time for new beginnings and new life, yet the juxtaposition between a literally blooming world and the barren inner life of the clinically depressed is often too much for them to bear."

Here are some facts to know and watch out for:

"Young men aged 15 - 19 are most likely to attempt suicide, usually by overdose."

"More than 80% of people with depression can be successfully treated."

Symptoms of depression include:

-Lowered mood.

-Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in normal activities.

-Significant weight loss when not dieting, or major weight gain.

-Insomnia or sleeping too much.


-Feelings of worthlessness or excessive / inappropriate guilt.

-Diminished ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness.

-Recurrent thoughts of death or committing suicide.

"The good news is that depression can be successfully treated and many affected by the condition go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives."

To learn more about the Priory Group

To learn more about depression


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