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Suicide during the holidays: more or less frequent?
By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas
The Centers for Disease Control released a recent report that said, "the idea that suicides occur more frequently during the holiday season is a long perpetuated myth."
The CDC points to a recent analysis that found that 50 percent of articles written during the 2009-2010 holiday season perpetuated the myth.
As a matter of fact, the CDC has statistics that suggest the suicide rate is the lowest in December.
The most suicides, according to health experts, occur in the spring and fall seasons.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, as 36,000 people take their lives annually.
CDC works to prevent suicidal behavior before it occurs. Some of CDC's activities include:
1. Monitoring suicidal behavior.
2. Conducting research to identify the factors that put people at risk for suicide.
3. Conducting research to identify the factors that protect people from suicide.
4. Developing and evaluating prevention programs.