Law enforcement officers have dealt with several suicide cases in Southern West Virginia over the past week.
Recently there have been several reported successful suicide attempts on bridges. Randy Venable, psychologist at FMRS Health Services Inc., says in 2013 the entire state actually ranked No. 14 for suicides in the United States.
“We live in a state that typically doesn’t rank in the top nationally when it comes to quality of life, education, income, physical health, and that’s also a risk factor when it comes to suicide is people that have significant physical problems,” Venable says.
The national average for suicide rates that year was 13 people per 100,000. But in West Virginia, it was about 17 people per 100,000.
“I think the data speaks for itself,” Venable says.
At FMRS, Venable tells 59News there are programs to offer help for people at risk for suicide.
“We do have some programs available now where we’re trying to improve the quality of life,” Venable says. “So part of that program would be physical fitness education, nutrition education, health education, some of those things that can just generally feel better.”
Venable says suicide is the number 10 leading cause of death in the United States. In 2013, more than 40,000 people across the nation died by suicide.