Last week Weld County health officials reported the county's highest suicide rate ever.

More Weld County residents died of suicide in 2013 than ever before.

Weld County’s suicide death toll in 2013 was 49, well above the county’s 10-year average of 32 per year.

About 200 county residents are hospitalized each year for intentional injury. Currently, 80% of Weld suicides are among males; and nearly 50% are by firearms.

Mark Wallace, executive director of the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment said,

“Suicide is one of the most persistent yet preventable public health problems. It’s the leading cause of death from injuries, more than car crashes.”

In 2012, 1,053 people in the state completed suicide, the highest number in Colorado history.

 

See the full story in the Greeley Tribune