Advisory: New commission will work to reduce Colorado’s high suicide rate

David Brendsel, Communications Specialist, Prevention Services| 303-692-2156 | david.brendsel@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 14, 2014
 
 
DENVER — Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Last year, more than 1,000 Coloradans died by suicide. The state Legislature created the Suicide Prevention Commission of Colorado to help guide the state’s efforts in this area. Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, appointed commissioners Oct. 1, including representatives from state agencies, law enforcement, interfaith community, business, and the agriculture and ranching industries. The commission begins meeting this month to identify statewide priorities in suicide prevention.
 
WHO:                Suicide Prevention Commission of Colorado
 
WHAT:              First meeting – all meetings open to the public
 
WHERE:             Reading Room, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus
 
WHEN:              8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17
 
To learn more about statewide and local suicide prevention programs and events, as well as resources in your area, visit www.coosp.org. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255). Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
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