Blue Ridge Parkway Has High Suicide Numbers
A study shows that the Blue Ridge Parkway was the national park with the most suicides from 2003 to 2009, Associated Press reported.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that 15 people killed themselves on the parkway during that period and another six attempted suicide.
It’s the first report to look specifically at suicides in national parks. Study author Sara Newman said the deaths are preventable and traumatizing to park staff.
Officials at the Blue Ridge Parkway say it was likely the top location because it is the most visited national park, charges no admission and has many access points