DENVER — Colorado’s suicide rate, one of the highest in the country, is climbing, with 19.4 suicides for 100,000 residents, according to data released Tuesday from the Colorado Health Foundation. Gay residents are disproportionately affected and transgender residents contemplated suicide at nine times the rate (36 percent) as the overall population (4 percent) in 2014.
There were 1,058 suicide deaths in the state in 2014, the Denver Post reports.
That’s up from 16.5 suicides per 100,000 residents in 2007. The new data reveals men are three times more likely to die by suicide compared with women, and rural residents are more likely to die by suicide than their urban counterparts.
The report, Data Spotlight, Mental Health in Colorado: Working to Close the Disparity Gaps, also found:
• 478,000 Coloradans are struggling with mental health issues.
• Coloradans who are gay or bisexual are two to three times more likely than heterosexual peers to experience poor mental health, with nearly 60 percent of LGBT high school students reporting poor mental health.
• There is little difference in the rates of poor mental health by race, but data shows blacks and Hispanics are less likely to receive help from a mental health professional. Just 7 to 8 percent of those minorities receive professional help compared with 13 percent of white Coloradans.