Youth suicide prevention study across Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The epidemic of teen suicide is such a problem across our entire state, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office just released a study with the help of some Western Slope collaborators to address the issue.

The study, titled Community Conversations to Inform Youth Suicide Prevention, looked at patterns and trends and focused on the four counties with the highest rates of youth suicide.

Those were Mesa, La Plata, El Paso and Pueblo Counties. Findings in the study include serious risk factors like social media and cyberbullying. Also among those are lack of connection to a caring adult, substance use, mental health disorders and trauma history.

Judgment and lack of acceptance in the community, and how adult suicides in the community impact youth were factors as well.

Colorado consistently ranks in the top ten states with the highest suicide rate. More Coloradans die by suicide than by homicide, motor vehicle crash, diabetes, and breast cancer.

It is the second leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 34.

Find the complete study next to this article.