Mesa County, Colo. – Mesa County Public Health’s Annual Suicide Report has been released, revealing Mesa County to have the highest suicide rate in Colorado.
Suicide remains a critical issue in the Grand Valley; the report shows higher suicide rates not only in the state, but by national comparisons as well, seeing a spike in youth attempts.
Half of the suicide-related deaths or attempts involved drugs or alcohol.
When asked why Mesa County sees higher rates than other cities in Colorado, St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction says we may be stuck in a tragic cycle,
“One thing we do know about suicide is if you’ve been exposed to it, if it runs in your family, or you know somebody who’s died from suicide, that tends to put people in a different risk category. So sometimes that can be a factor since our numbers have been high for so long,” says SCL Health’s Jennifer Daniels.
If you’re struggling, or know someone who needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-talk or text co to 7-4-1-7-4-1.