Suicide rates up in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The suicide rate in Western Colorado is three to four times higher than the rest of the state.

The highest rate of suicide occurs in white middle aged men.
Because of the higher rate in Mesa County, the month of September, which is suicide prevention, has special significance.

The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, along with the city and county, will be actively raising money and awareness of suicide.

“It’s important that the more people are aware that there is a problem aware that there are steps to take to help a person, even yourself. The more we talk about it the better off we are in terms of addressing the problem,” says Martha Graf of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation will have several fundraisers and awareness campaigns during September, including the Golf for Hope Tournament at Chipeta Golf Course.

For more details on the events, they'll be putting on visit the link to the right.

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