January and February are often considered some of the most depressing months of the year, and it’s easy to see why. The holidays have come and gone and everyone’s cheer has faded, leaving several months left of winter chill, short days, and for many people, more time away from their families.
Winter can easily be one of the harshest times of year to live in if you’re in an area regularly affected by the snow and cold. Everything feels like a much bigger task to do thanks to the amount you need to bundle up, the often terrible driving conditions, and just how cold and hard to travel it is in the snow.
This has even gotten to the point where mental health experts have diagnosed more and more people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a disorder where people pre-disposed to depressive thoughts have them amplified by the season.
While there are a wide variety of treatments available for many of the aforementioned conditions, unfortunately, many people who suffer from depression and anxiety still opt to suffer in silence. When combined with factors like SAD, it often leads to a notable increase in the number of suicides in January and February, meaning everyone needs to pay extra careful attention to those close to them.
It also results in situations like this one from Woodbridge, ON, Canada, when a tow truck driver happened upon a woman who was about to take her own life…