RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
The idea that the holiday blues could drive one to consider jumping off a bridge has been with us since the Christmas classic, "It's A Wonderful Life." And like the movie, it's a fiction. Studies show suicides go down over the holidays by as much as 40 percent. One Oxford researcher told the L.A. Times that studies contradict the popular view of Christmas as a time of stress and arguments. And remember, George Bailey didn't jump.
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