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Mesa County Suicide 2017 Statistics And Need For Prevention

Suicide Prevention Forum To Discuss New Ideas To Combat Suicide Rate

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Last year in 2017, Mesa County experienced 45 deaths from suicide.

"Traditionally Mesa County has had a higher suicide rate than the national average", says Sarah Robinson the Program Integration Manager for Mesa County Public Health.

For every death by suicide that year, there were approximately nine suicide attempts resulting in an emergency department visit.

"We were about two times the national average in recent years, we're close to three times. Where we really want to turn and focus our energy is at this point is by looking at that prevention piece", says Robinson.

Suicide prevention is one of MCPH's highest priority and these efforts can take many forms.

"You know when someones a little bit off and being willing to talk to that person, step forward and say, 'Hey, I noticed you've been acting a little different lately and I'm worried about you", says Robinson.

Identifying if someone is dealing with thoughts of suicide can have many differences compared to others going through a similar struggle.

"What we're looking for is when somebody is experiencing trouble, loss, or change, those big impacts in their lives", says Robinson.

Thoughts of isolation and feeling disconnected are some of the warning signs that someone may be dealing with thoughts of suicide.

"By reaching out you're being willing to hear what they're going through, you're being a listening ear and a support to them. As needed, help them get other help", says Robinson.

Other types of help include counseling, therapy, or just by simply starting the conversation.

If anyone you know needs immediate help, the Crisis Hotline is always available, their number is 1-800-273-8255.

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