Suicide prevention forum Wednesday

The Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host the 2014 Community Forum on Suicide Prevention from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road.

The meeting is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the root causes contributing to Mesa County’s high suicide rate and what community organizations and professionals are doing to address the issue.

Mesa County’s suicide rate in 2012 was 34.5 per 100,00 people, higher than Colorado’s rate of 20.3 per 100,000 residents and the U.S. average for 2010 of 12.4 per 100,000 people.

Fifty-one Mesa County residents completed suicide in the county in 2012, with 47 of those completing suicide in the county, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Wednesday’s forum will include a presentation on social and emotional wellness community outreach by the Mesa County Health Department, discussion of treatment and support options at Mind Springs Health, a mental and behavioral health presentation by St. Mary’s Hospital, and an overview of the health department’s Health Impact Assessment of Suicide and Prevention and a discussion of the challenges of suicide prevention at Colorado Mesa University. The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation’s Outreach to Area Employers will be discussed too, as well as the county’s new participation in the Colorado Gun Shop Project, a campaign that encourages gun shop owners to share suicide prevention materials with customers and teaches shop owners ways to detect whether a customer looking to rent or buy a firearm is suicidal.


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