MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Mesa County Public Health has released its 2018 suicide report, and the data reveals an increase in suicides since 2017.
2018 saw 55 deaths by suicide in Mesa County, 10 more than in 2017.
The rate of suicide deaths in Mesa County is higher than both Colorado and the nation, with 29.6% per 100,000 people in 2017. Colorado had 20.4, and the U.S. had 14.5.
For every death by suicide last year, there were five emergency room visits for suicide attempts, and one out of five suicide deaths were men over the age of 70.