The season of Christmas is something most of us look forward to. Everyone enjoys the festive vibe and the general idea of Christmas. It is a time when we can leave the burdens of the rest of the world behind us and celebrate the occasion together with our family. For most of us, it is a season of loving, giving, and caring.
Unfortunately, Christmas is also a holiday during which the rate of suicides tends to be higher than usual. This might sound unbelievable, but, it is the truth. There are many reasons why people commit suicide during this holiday season.
One of the major causes of suicides during the holidays is loneliness. While there are people who are blessed enough to go home during the holidays, there are also people who have no place to go. In many cases, students and workers spend the holidays all by themselves, lonely, often in their hostels or living quarters. It is truly sad. Such instances can trigger depression in these individuals. Being constantly alone during the holidays is unhealthy and depression can gradually lead to thoughts that question their very existence. Such individuals form thoughts where they think no one cares if they are dead or alive and that they are better off dead. This leads to suicidal thoughts.
Loss of someone beloved
The holiday season can be a bitter time, especially if a person happens to lose a loved one around this time of the year. The holidays are filled with the memories of the deceased and getting over the incident can be hard for some people. In some cases, certain individuals never really get over the death of someone they loved, making the holidays very hard. They may stop socializing altogether and tries to be on their own during the holidays. Social isolation can gradually lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
Much like the acronym, individuals suffering from this disorder tend to fall into depression. The reason is that the decreased sunlight during the winter months can trigger certain chemicals in the brain that causes depression. The resulting depression leads to these individuals having increased thoughts about suicide. SAD is one of the reasons why the suicide rates are high during Christmas. SAD is recurrent and can last all through winter. The spring and summer months are, however, easier on individuals suffering from SAD.
The nagging thought that perhaps they have committed an awful mistake is a trigger for a person to commit suicide. This is especially true in the case of young children. Scoring low marks for the exams, or messing up Christmas in some way or the other can cause a sense of fear in the child's mind. The child may be afraid of confessing to an elder. The thought keeps festering and children start having suicidal thoughts which, if not tackled on time, can have serious consequences.
Unpleasant childhood memories
Festivals can be stressful for many of us. In some cases, certain individuals might look at such occasions with distaste. This may stem from the fact that they harbor unpleasant memories about the festivals. Childhood memories that are developed during the festive season affect how a person perceives the holiday season. Unpleasant memories can be traumatic for individuals and the pressure they face during the holiday season can be a trigger for suicides.
These are a few reasons why people tend to commit suicide around the holidays. As unpleasant as it may sound, it is true.
If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts, it is essential to consult a mental health specialist. Your life is important.