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MO suicide rates climb as counseling funding decreases

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Suicides in Missouri now account for more deaths than homicides and drunk driving crashes combined.

It's a statistic health experts are calling "alarming" and one they're constantly fighting to fix.

A Heartland health expert said the Missouri's health system is overwhelmed and under funded.

While more are reaching out for help, it's becoming more and more difficult for the state to keep up.

For Kaci Sandlin, suicide was part of her life before she was born.

"Being born into a family that was still trying to recover that loss," she said.

Her uncle, took his own life by suicide.

At age 15, her cousin died by suicide too.

"And that's the one that has kind of defined my life. I had every reaction. I was angry, I was hurt," she said.

For Sandlin, she said she wishes should could have done more for her cousin.

It's the same for some mental health experts.

"I think a lot of it is because of the funding being cut. When folks come in they expect to see a doctor that day and to be honest we don't have the staff to see them that day," said Victoria Dormeyer, the director of Outpatient and Crisis services for Community Counseling.

Dormeyer said it is during that time a person is at a high risk that is until help is provided.

"It is really difficult when you can't meet their needs not because you are not doing your job or you can't do your job it is because the resources are not available,” said Dormeyer.

Resources Sandlin still uses today.

"I can't say it enough that it will get better and maybe those resources aren't presented right out to you, maybe you have to dig a little bit to find them. It hurts me that it is that way. But I assure you that they are there,” said Sandlin.

For help, you can call:

  • Cape Girardeau: 573-334-1100
  • Fredericktown: 573-783-4104
  • Marble Hill: 573-238-1027
  • Perryville: 573-547-8305
  • Ste. Genevieve: 573-883-7407
  • Outside Cape Girardeau: 1-877-626-06381-800-3569-5396

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