Colorado Springs sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Though rich with recreational activities, faith groups, and cultural activities, there’s another side not many talk about. It’s nationally ranked among metropolitan areas for high suicide rates. Researchers estimate about 100 suicides occur in El Paso County per year, and a new study from the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group estimates the medical costs for suicide and suicide attempts in the county at four million dollars per year. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin takes a closer look at the statistics, and the human toll of taking one’s own life.

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4 Responses to Confronting Suicide in El Paso County and Colorado Springs

  1. Andrea – thanks for starting this new program with addressing the extraordinarily high suicide rate in our community.

    Please add the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Colorado Springs chapter to your existing list of resources.

    DBSA serves at the forefront of protection against suicides, providing those with the depression that often leads to suicide with a free support group program as well as a free lending library (at the old St. Francis Health Center, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Bldg. 29, Suite 301) filled with books, DVDs, VHS tapes, journals, and articles to help people with mood disorders manage their conditions and remain in recovery.

    DBSA-CS can be seen at http://www.DBSAColoradoSprings.org, or can be reached at (719) 477-1515 or, by e-mail at help@DBSAColoradoSprings.org.

  2. tom frazier says:

    Thank you for your report on this tragic reality. Many times family members and friends of loved ones who complete suicide are surprised that an individual who did not seem to be at risk was in fact in crisis. But they are almost always surprised at the terrible wake that other suicides have left in the community. So many are touched by this tragedy and yet we rarely hear it mentioned in public discourse. Your report helps redress this problem. Thank you.

    ed note: for disclosure, tom is a KRCC volunteer.

  3. […] here for the original piece that aired prior to the May conference that talked about the demographics […]

  4. […] Andrea Chalfin reported in May, El Paso County has one of the highest suicide rates in the country with an estimated 100 suicides […]

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