Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the US and Mesa County also has a high suicide rate. Colorado ranks among the top ten for suicide.

More people in Colorado die by suicide than homicide, motor vehicle crash, diabetes, and other diseases.

The Colorado Attorney General’s office conducted a study analyzing suicidal behaviors among youth. Here is what they found that could increase the risk of suicide. Social media, cyberbullying, peer pressure, no caring adult, substance use, no acceptance, and the number one factor is mental health disorders.

There are other factors that can contribute to thinking about suicide. Here are a few signs people who talk about being a burden, hopeless, saying they want to die, sleeping, rage and mood swings.

If you are thinking of suicide or know someone who is thinking about killing themselves there is help out there: Colorado Crisis Line: a statewide hotline 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK 38255 

Safe 2 Tell’s number is 1-877-542-7233