Suicide rates dip over holidays, but back to normal by January

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – The stress, anxiety and lack of sun that comes every year at this time in Minnesota can drag a lot of people down, but the number who take their own lives actually is the lowest in November and December, according to the Minnesota News Connection.

Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education says the decrease is because those suffering from depression are more apt to be around family and friends, although as that ends, rates will return to normal. Nearly 700 suicides take place in Minnesota each year, half involving firearms.

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