More than 800 people attended a suicide prevention summit Thursday focused on gathering feedback from the community about its needs and training attendees about how talk to someone who may be suicidal.
San Juan Basin Public Health held the event at Miller Middle School to kick off a long-term response to the region’s high rate of suicide. There have been nine suicides in La Plata County since the beginning of the year.
It’s a growing problem across the country and in Colorado, said Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health.
“No one is going to solve this alone,” she said.
The suicide rate across the country has increased steadily from 1999 through 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among teens, it is the second-leading cause of death.