Rate of suicides stays high in county

In the first half of 2013, Mesa County residents took their own lives at the same record-setting pace seen last year, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

From January through the end of June, 18 deaths in Mesa County have been ruled suicide, compared to 19 over the same period in 2012, Mesa County Coroner Dr. Dean Havlik said last week.

Mesa County recorded 47 suicide deaths in 2012, the highest number since at least 2008 when the coroner’s office started tracking the statistics. A special report issued in February by the coroner’s office said suicide in Mesa County is three times the national average.

There were 44 suicides in Mesa County in 2011, 32 in 2010 and 30 in 2009.

The report issued earlier this year said interviews with surviving family members showed 73 percent of suicide victims had received some sort of mental health treatment, while 30 percent of those interviewed said a personal relationship was a factor in the death.

“One anecdote noted from the field investigations was that more family or friends indicated the decedent articulated a suicidal ideation,” the coroner’s 2012 report said. “However, family and friends often did not react to those comments for a number of reasons.”

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255


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