Author: India Amos

Appalachia’s Suicide Rates Are Startlingly High. For Veterans, They’re Even Higher.

A factor that makes Appalachian veterans especially susceptible is the region’s struggles with addiction. Veterans who were prescribed the highest possible doses of opioids were more than twice as likely to die by suicide compared to individuals receiving the lowest doses. “You work for someone [in the military] who’s your […]

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Long Waits and Limited Providers: Mental Health Care While on Medicaid in Appalachia

Appalachia’s suicide rate is 17 percent higher than the national average, but not many mental health providers accept one of the region’s most popular forms of insurance. At the Beacon Barn Therapeutic Farm in Thornton, West Virginia, a typical day for Molly McCartney involves feeding horses—and seeing patients. McCartney, a clinical social […]

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