Spring has begun & is a welcome change from the cold weather for many. But for some, spring can bring increased anxiety and depression, even suicide. Research has shown that suicides actually spike as the days of sunlight lengthen. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, it that found that as hours of sunlight increased, so did the risk of suicide. It’s believed that for some, sunlight could boost energy and motivation, but gives those who suffer from depression the inclination to attempt suicide.
Researchers are also looking at suicide rates at times of high-pollen counts compared with less pollen.
The theory is that the increase incidents of suicide might be due to increased anxiety or aggression related to inflammation in the brain. In addition to hormonal imbalances, melatonin production associated with increased sunlight, and even social influences like support groups going their separate ways for vacations, there are several reasons some don’t look forward to the warmer months.
If you or someone you know suffers from depression or anxiety and is considering suicide, contact a mental health professional or go to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255