Veterans Commit Suicide At A Higher Rate In Western States


For the first time the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has released veteran suicide statistics by state. It shows Colorado’s rate at 47.1 per 100,000 people, while the national rate is 38. Overall, suicide rates are highest in Western states.

The data shows in 2014 in Colorado 178 veterans committed suicide. Almost all were men and more than 65 percent used a gun.

This doesn’t surprise Jarrod Hindman with the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention at the Department of Public Health and Environment.

“Higher rates in the West are not unique to veterans,” Hindman says. “Our suicide rates in general are higher in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado has always ranked in the top 10 for suicide death rate.”

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