From spring cleaning to spring break, many of us look forward to the upbeat, energized feeling springtime brings after a long, dark winter. Unfortunately, the sigh of relief that comes with warmer weather isn’t a universal experience.
Seasonal affective disorder, typically associated with winter, can happen in the warmer months—a variant known as “summertime depression” that manifests when spring arrives.
“Many people are often surprised to learn that suicide rates peak in the springtime,” says Dr. Steven Taylor, MD, behavioral health specialist with Kettering Health Network. “While we don’t fully know why this happens, it certainly does happen year after year.”
Here are a few factors that contribute to this phenomenon:
If you consistently pull away from or don’t enjoy the things you usually enjoy, or you constantly feel sad and hopeless, discuss your symptoms with a mental health professional or your doctor.
And don’t forget to check in on your friends this time of year, too—even if it feels uncomfortable or scary.
“If you think someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide, it’s really important to understand that asking them about these thoughts does not ‘plant seeds in their heads.’ Instead, reaching out shows you care and gives people who are struggling the opportunity to talk about their thoughts and possibly get help,” Dr. Taylor says.
Get help now
If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, call the 24/7 suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.
For further help, learn more about our Kettering Health Network mental-health services.