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.
It's MORNING EDITION.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.