What’s Behind Colorado’s Stubbornly High Suicide Numbers

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Chart: Colorado Suicide Rate 2009 2014
The full 2014 report from the Office of Suicide Prevention, including the state's national ranking.

There were 1,058 suicides in Colorado last year, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment -- that's more than twice the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in Colorado, and among people aged 10-24, it is the second leading cause.

Many cases involved people struggling with mental health, substance abuse, issues with partners and/or financial issues, Moe Keller, a policy expert with the nonprofit Mental Health America of Colorado tells Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. Yet resources for people with mental health problems are tight and the stigma that prevents some from seeking help remains.