GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Suicide death are on the rise in Western Colorado, so knowing the signs of a mental health crisis are more important than ever.

Paul Reich with Axis Health System said the first step is starting a conversation with a loved one about suicidal thoughts. Reich said it’s a myth that a conversation about it may trigger suicidal thoughts.
In 2021 Colorado, unfortunately, recorded a 15-year record high of 1,300 suicides. Montrose county followed this trend with almost double the number of losses compared to the year before.

Suicide number have long-run above the state average in Mesa County. Suicide prevention project are not just limited to September in an effort to help these numbers become less.
The issue is something all the surrounding counties are trying to tackle together because Mesa County often provides services for surrounding areas.

The Western Slope has several preventative resources which include, school counselors, a student risks assessment program for teens and other counseling centers. However, it’s cruical for family, friends, teachers and co-workers to watch out for warning signs.

Reaching out, just may save a life.