The study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found that people are far more likely to kill themselves in the middle of the week than in the beginning or the end: almost 25 percent of suicides occur on Wednesdays as compared to 14 percent on Mondays or Saturdays, the two days tied for second-highest suicide rates. The study also found if you make it through Wednesday, your risk for suicide plummets by more than half the following day; Thursdays have the lowest rate, with only 11 percent of suicides.
Warning signs of suicide
- Sudden changes in personality such as irritability, anxiety, anger, apathy or sadness
- Loss of interest in activities such as sex or socializing with friends
- Loss of enthusiasm for hobbies and other passions
- Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits
- Less attention to personal appearance
- Feelings of guilt and shame
- Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
- Feelings of anger and of being trapped
- Preoccupation with death and dying; talking about wanting to die
- Increase in risk taking and reckless behavior
- Isolation and no sense of purpose or belonging
Note: A suicidal person needs to see a doctor or mental health professional or to go to an emergency room.