West Virginia Suicide Rates and Facts

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for West Virginians.

WEST VIRGINIA SUICIDE PREVENTION

An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management, and delivery of effective clinical care. The Prevent Suicide WV project calls for, among other things:

  • comprehensive evidenced-based protective measures that expand universal suicide prevention and messages of hope and help for the populations across the lifespan; and
  • a statewide infrastructure for culturally competent, caring, comprehensive, sustainable suicide prevention, intervention, and follow-up system of care.

To effectively reduce the suicide rate, states must go beyond education, awareness, and prevention by providing evidenced-based suicide specific treatments.  The goal must be more than identifying people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and providing resources to get them through each crisis – the goal must be to treat overall suicide risk, which will provide the necessary tools to respond to feelings of hopelessness without suicide being a viable option.

Suicide Rates in West Virginia

The state of West Virginia is ranked the 8th in the nation for its suicide rate. Throughout the state, suicide is the:

  • 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34
  • 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-44
  • 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-54
  • 8th leading cause of death for ages 55-64
  • Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in West Virginia.

THE CAMS SUICIDE PREVENTION ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION & TREATMENT IS BACKED BY 30 YEARS OF ON-GOING CLINICAL RESEARCH

HOW CAMS-CARE ADDRESSES THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA’S MENTAL HEALTH

The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert by the Joint Commission.

While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.

CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets. Because CAMS is a flexible Framework, it can be easily adapted to cultural and tribal preferences. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.

Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework.

WEST VIRGINIA CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.

West Virginia Social Workers Are Required to Take Up to 40 CE Hours Every Two Years

Counselors Need 35 CE Hours Every Year in West Virginia

Psychologists in West Virginia Need 20 CE Hours Every Two Years

 

FOR CAMS ONLINE COURSE / CES FOR ORGANIZATIONS, GO HERE

 

CAMS-CARE PRODUCTS

CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CEs to meet your state’s CE requirements:

L

The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from a decdates worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CEs after reading the book and passing the CE test.

L

CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CEs. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.

L

We also provide online and on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.