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Australas Psychiatry. 2014 Apr;22(2):122-6. doi: 10.1177/1039856213519293. Epub 2014 Feb 4.

Suicide around public holidays.

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Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the frequency of suicides on holidays and special days of the year, specifically in Queensland, Australia.

METHODS:

We analysed data from the Queensland Suicide Register between 1990 and 2009. The days examined were: Easter, Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day and Anzac Day. We compared suicide cases on these days with the average counts for periods before and after the days.

RESULTS:

There was a statistically significant increase in suicides on Christmas Eve and on New Year's Day. Our results are discussed in light of trends reported in the literature.

CONCLUSION:

The beginning and end of the festive season are times when special attention is warranted for those with a heightened risk of suicide.

KEYWORDS:

Australia; Queensland; festive season; holiday; risk; suicide

PMID:
24500699
DOI:
10.1177/1039856213519293
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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