I'm trying to solve the issue of mental illnesses and help people get the help that they need. People are suffering in silence when there are so many resources to help them. Helping people with there mental health issues will also decreased the high suicide rates in West Virginia.
53.1% of people suffering are receiving no mental health support or treatment.MORE
West Virginia is listed at 43 out of 50 states for providing mental health services.MORE
West Virginia is ranked 11 out of 50 states for the highest number of suicides.MORE
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in West Virginia.MORE
On average, one person dies every 24 hours in West Virginia.MORE
Mental Health Resources in West Virginia
Mental illness statistics.
State Facts Sheets- West Virginia
West Virginia suicide statistics for 2018.
School expands mental health care
Jamie Chamberlin - (January 1, 2009)https://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/01/school-clinics
Expansion of mental health programs in high schools.
NIMH - (Invalid date)https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
Gives information on suicide and treatment options.
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of MarylandI am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.
I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.
Offer mental health services in high schools.MORE
Offering free mental health services to high school aged kids could be very helpful. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between 15-34. If we help kids early on and teach them healthy coping mechanisms we could hopefully decrease the number of suicides in this age group.
Do mental health and suicide awareness events in the community.MORE
Increase the number of people who get mental health services and offer them support.MORE
If we offer more mental health services to students in high school it could be a better resource for them to reach out and get the help they need. The APA cited a study in from 2003 that found that high school students are 21 times more likely to visit a school based health center than a community based health center.
Decrease suicide rates.MORE
Getting teens help early on and putting out more information on suicide and mental health can help destigmatize and decrease the suicide rates.
The money to implement the mental health services in high schools could come from state grants, nonprofit grants, or partnering with local hospitals or the health department. We can make the money to get more people involved and help prevent suicide by fundraising and using that money to have local events such as the suicide prevention walks and other informative presentations to help anyone who may need it.
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