GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Suicide Prevention is an important topic in Mesa County.
Mesa County Public Health, Mesa County Coroner, and the Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition are collaborating to arrange a report. The report is utilized to plan and carry out preventative initiatives throughout Mesa County.
In contrast to previous years, 2021 saw a significant increase in the prevalence of intoxication at the time of death and a decrease in the likelihood of known prior attempts among those who died by suicide. Additionally, they had a higher likelihood of experiencing a variety of stresses at the time of their demise. Relationship, financial, legal, or health difficulties are examples of stressors.
Data on attempted suicides and suicidal thoughts that led to visits to the emergency room were gathered. In Mesa County, there were almost twelve visits to an emergency room connected to suicide for every suicide fatality in 2021. The majority of visits for suicidal ideas and attempts were made by young people.
The way individuals live, work, worship, study, and play has an impact on all health outcomes, including the risk of suicide. The paper explains ways to address these issues to lower the risk of suicide.
- Feeling connected to other people; in schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, faith communities, and cultural groups protects people from suicide risk.
- Economic stability increases resilience and reduces financial stress – a risk factor for suicide. Policies and practices for increased food security, affordable housing, family-friendly employment, and access to affordable, quality childcare are suicide prevention efforts.
SUICIDE PREVENTION IN ACTION
Innovative programs and activities are underway in Mesa County by healthcare, government, business, and nonprofit organizations.
- Gun shops and pawn shops participate in Colorado’s Gun Shop Project, providing information about suicide risk and distributing gun locks to encourage safe storage of firearms.
- In 2021, over 700 pounds of medication was disposed of at Take Back sites.
- In 2021, the Suicide Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, hired a Suicide Loss Coordinator who supports valley residents who have recently lost a loved one to suicide
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 741741.