Confronting Suicide in El Paso County and Colorado Springs

May 19, 2009

Colorado Springs sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Though rich with recreational activities, faith groups, and cultural activities, there's another side not many talk about. It's nationally ranked among metropolitan areas for high suicide rates. Researchers estimate about 100 suicides occur in El Paso County per year, and a new study from the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group estimates the medical costs for suicide and suicide attempts in the county at four million dollars per year. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin takes a closer look at the statistics, and the human toll of taking one's own life.

Additional Resources:

Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group
Suicide Prevention Partnership
Mental Health America for Colorado