Research suggests that spring babies are at a higher risk of suicide

New research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that people born in the spring or early summer face more of a risk of suicide than people born at other times in the year.

The research, which took into account almost 27,000 suicides in England and Wales, found that babies born in April, May or June had up to a 17 per cent higher risk of suicide than those born in autumn.

The authors of the research said: “Our results support the hypotheses that there is a seasonal effect in the monthly birth rates of people who kill themselves and that there is a disproportionate excess of such people born between late spring and midsummer compared with the other months.”

The study links in with other research suggesting that more people with schizophrenia are born in December and more people with depression and mood disorders are born in spring.

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