Mental illness continues to be a leading cause of suicide

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Suicide as a result of mental illness continues to be a real problem not only in our area but across the country.

Today marks six years since Project Semicolon was started. It was founded by Amy Bleval in the spring of 2013 as a way to honor her father who she lost to suicide.

It’s a sad reality that continues to wreck havoc on more and more families.

“West Virginia has a higher than average rate of people committing suicide,” said Dr. Nihad Gupta, a child psychiatrist at Ohio Valley Medical Center. “Suicide is most common in the younger population, between the ages of 10 and 25 years old.”

Dr. Gupta says it’s always important to pay attention to your loved ones and to respond to any possible warning signs of suicide or mental illness.

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