Major public health problem:

  • More than 34,500 Americans died by suicide in 2007 (AAS)
  • There is 1 suicide every 15.2 minutes (AAS)
  • 24% of the general population has considered suicide at some time in his/her life

Suicide is the:

  • 11th leading cause of death overall in America (CDC)
  • 3rd leading cause of death for young Americans between the ages of 10-24 (CDC)  
  • 2nd leading cause of death for American college-aged students (Kochanek et al., 2002)

Suicides can be prevented:

  • More than 60% of adolescents and 90% of adults who die by suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder
    (Brent et al., 1999; Cavanaugh et al., 2003; Conner et al., 2007; Conwell et al., 1996; Fortune et al., 2007

Ignored and stigmatized topic:

  • For every two people who die from homicides, three people die of suicide (Kochanek et al., 2002)
  • There are more suicides globally than deaths from war and violence combined (WHO)



Save The Date


  • Morgantown - Friday, March 22 - Kingdom EMC
  • Huntington - Friday, April 19 - River Park Hospital
  • Martinsburg - Friday, May 10 - Holiday Inn Express
  • Lewisburg - Friday, May 17 - Seneca Mental Health Center
  • Parkersburg - Friday, June 07 - Holiday Inn Express (Mineral Wells)

We will be sending out more information starting in late January or early February
Any questions please give Bob a call at 304-296-1731, ext. 4181.


See calendar for further details.

Contact Information:

Bob Musick, MSW/LCSW
Executive Director

Patrick Tenney
Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Lora Humphrey
Administrative Assistant

Valley HealthCare System
301 Scott Ave
Morgantown, WV 26508