Expo held to bring awareness to suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in US
A group of Charleston area health organizations teamed up for the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Expo on Sept. 14 at Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
The organizations included the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston Dorchester Mental Health, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 211 Hotline, Palmetto Behavioral Health, Mental Health America and NAMI Charleston. They shared resources and offered community support. September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
According to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office, here are the following statistics:
2013 up through Sept. 12: 30 suicides with some additional cases “pending”
2012 - 43 suicides
2011 - 52 suicides
2010 - 59 suicides