By Robinson Meyer
July 23, 2018

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For almost two centuries now, scientists have noticed a place's suicide rate
bears troubling links to the changing of the seasons and the friendliness of
its climate.

In 1881, the Italian physician Enrico Morselli noted that suicide rates peak
in the summer, deeming the effect "too great for it to be attributed to
chance of the human will." Two decades later, the French sociologist Emile
Durkheim noticed the same effect-though he also found the suicide rate was
higher in Scandinavian countries.

Even today, CDC data confirms that suicides peak in the United States in the
early summer.