We broke a record last year, but it's definitely not a record we should be proud of. Colorado lost 1,058 people to suicide last year.  It was the highest number in state history. That puts Colorado’s suicide rate at 19.4 per 100,000 residents, which seventh highest in the country.

Suicide kills more Coloradans each year than homicide, car crashes, diabetes, breast cancer, flu or pneumonia. It is the seventh leading cause of death for all Coloradans and second leading cause of death for young Coloradans.

What Can We Do About It?

To learn more or get involved, visit the health department’s suicide prevention page or the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help and hope are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 1-844-493-TALK (8255).