West Virginia emergency room data isn’t public information. But the data is key to addressing the youth mental health crisis.

When her 14-year-old daughter needed emergency mental health services last year, Amy Jo Hutchison went to the emergency room in Wheeling. Her daughter was struggling with suicide ideation, an ongoing issue that had become worse during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the urgent need, Hutchison said her daughter didn’t receive prompt Read more…

West Virginia Poison Center sees continued uptick of adolescent intentional self-poisoning and suspected suicide

The West Virginia Poison Center is reporting an increase in intentional self-poisoning among adolescents, particularly among 15-year-olds— an upward trend that has been largely uninterrupted for over seven years, despite a nearly six percent drop in the population of children 18 years and younger since 2014 in the state. According to Dr. Read more…

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