Seasons, not sun, to blame for rise in suicide rates

SUICIDE has wrongly been linked to increased sunlight exposure, when really the seasons are to blame, according to Australian and international researchers.

A study of 31,000 suicides in Melbourne, Athens and Oslo looked at daily and monthly associations between hours of sunshine and completed suicides.

A monthly association between sunlight and suicides disappeared after adjustment for the month of the year, researchers said.

Looking at daily data on sunshine, there was no link between the change in hours of light and suicide, contradicting the idea that suicides may be triggered by sunlight’s effects on