A record number of Coloradans -- 1,058 -- died by suicide last year, according to the latest data from the state health department. That's more than double the number of people who died in car crashes.
Officials with the state health department’s suicide prevention commission released the figures at a meeting on Wednesday. Their numbers show that most victims are men and more suicides occur in the 50-59 age range than any other. And suicide is the seventh leading cause of death overall, and second for young Coloradans ages 10-34.
The state’s Suicide Prevention coordinator says many resources are available, including a free, confidential crisis support line and a suicide prevention lines at 1-800-273-TALK.