Suicide Prevention


Thu May 15, 2014
Mental Health

Charting The Course For Colorado Mental Health At The Capitol

Senator Linda Newell speaks at the state capitol, date unknown.

Mental health became a top priority for some Colorado lawmakers following the Aurora theater shootings and the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The state made a large investment in mental health services during the 2013 session, but there have been setbacks since.

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Wed May 14, 2014

Health Research Restricted By Colorado’s Records Laws

The warning sign outside of the vault at the Weld County Health Department, which houses thousands of vital records like death certificates. Even health department officials have to prove a "direct and tangible interest" to enter.
Jackie Fortier KUNC

Mountain west states – including Colorado – have higher suicide rates compared to the rest of the country. In January, Weld County reported 49 suicide deaths in 2013, marking a 10 year high.

Crafting a local suicide prevention campaign can be very difficult though, if you don’t know who is the most at risk.

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Wed May 14, 2014

For Those Coping With Mental Illness, Help Is Hard To Find

Danielle Nordeen, right, holds her seven-year-old son's hand in a park near their Grand Junction, Colo., home April 14, 2014. In January, Nordeen's son was sent to a psychiatric ward hundreds of miles from their home, after he lashed out at school.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-year-old Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her.

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Mon April 21, 2014

What's Behind U.S. Farmer Suicide?

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men.
Credit Stephen D / Flickr

An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.

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Fri September 6, 2013

Using Stereotypes To Make Feelings Manly

Dr. Rich Mahogany is a manly man and the pretend doctor on