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Proposal: Mental Health Support in WV

Out of the 1.9 million residents of West Virginia, 5.5% of adults suffer from serious mental illnesses. Out of those people, 53.1% aren't receiving any mental health support or treatment. West Virginia is ranked number 43 out of 50 for providing mental health services to its residents. We need to make these services more readily available and destigmatize mental illnesses. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

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.

Background
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Out of 1.9 million people 5.5% of adults are suffering.MORE
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53.1% of people suffering are receiving no mental health support or treatment.MORE
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West Virginia is listed at 43 out of 50 states for providing mental health services.MORE
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West Virginia is ranked 11 out of 50 states for the highest number of suicides.MORE
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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in West Virginia.MORE
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On average, one person dies every 24 hours in West Virginia.MORE
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Authors


Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I 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.
Emma Simpson
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The Solution

Proposed Actions
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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.

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Do mental health and suicide awareness events in the community.MORE
Expected Results
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Increase the number of people who get mental health services and offer them support.MORE
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Decrease suicide rates.MORE
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