Local counselors bring light to the topic of suicide following death of celebrities

Monongalia and Preston

In response to recent deaths of celebrities due to suicide , local mental health experts are bringing light to the subject. 

Owners of WM Counseling in Morgantown said that warning signs of suicide may include personality changes, isolation from social support, and severe physical changes. 

They want to break the stigma and let individuals that are struggling with thoughts of suicide to know it is okay to talk through what they are dealing with. 

“Some things that we’ve seen while we’ve been trying to spread the word in the community is once we open that door, once we start to talk about it, people start to share their own experiences of loss that they have been carrying on their own. Feeling hopeless and feeling depressed and that there is finally someone who is willing to listen,” said Esther Ervin, Co Owner of WM Counseling. 

An out of the darkness walk will be hosted in Morgantown in October to bring together members of the community that have been affected by suicide. 

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, help is available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. 

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