Time & Tragedy

Time & tragedy | timing of Suicide

Video is subtitled in English & Dutch 

Episode 16 - Can suicide be predicted based on the time of day or year?

Recent research from the University of Nottingham, University of Amsterdam and Harvard University revealed patterns in the peak of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. 

While people reported suicidal ideation most in December, the peak of actual attempts is much later: between April and June. 

The research also pinpointed the literal dead of night, between 4 and 5 a.m., as the time of day when suicidal ideation as well as the urge to act on it are strongest.

Interesting findings, and also very recognisable ones. But why these times? The researchers reported possible explanations, but nothing too conclusive.

In this video, I share my thoughts on these findings, and what contributing factors play a role in how these behavioural patterns come about when they do. 

About the author

Christel Vogels developed the Ship Psychology Method as a playful means to understand your own mind. As coach and trainer, she teaches people how managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to improve their mental quality of life.

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