Until recently, I was under the impression that suicides spike around Christmas time. It's a very emotional time for a lot of people who miss family, spend Christmas alone, or just don't feel up to being jolly. In fact, suicide attempts rise in January.

If you're feeling lonely, depressed, or despondent, there is help. The National Suicide Hotline, is open 24 hours a day, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While an ear willing to listen, can't make all the bad things go away, it can certainly add clarity.

This a great time for us to check in with people in our lives. For most, Christmas is joyous, but for others, it's their most emotional time of the year. As Americans, their are facts we should face and we have some information, you should know, just in case.

Suicide is on the rise. and there is an estimate, that someone in America, attempts suicide every MINUTE. Some 30,000 die of suicide every year.

The rate of suicide attempts do rise around Christmas, but the highest time is during the springtime. Checking in on friends, often, is a good rule of thumb.

If you know a friend or co-worker who doesn't have a place to go for the holidays, invite then over and set an extra plate. It would nice to have a present for them and it doesn't have to bust your budget. Having something to unwrap, will mean the world to them.

Let's keep an eye out, this Christmas for those who seem to be having a rough time. You are more than welcome to share the National Suicide Prevention number with them, at 1-800-273-TALK.


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