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Youth suicides study identifies risk factors

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A study of youth suicide in El Paso, La Plata, Pueblo and Mesa counties funded by the Colorado Attorney General's Office found that risk factors include pressure and anxiety about failing; social media and cyber bullying; lack of pro-social activities and connection to a caring adult; and substance use, mental health disorders and trauma history, among others.

It also found there aren't enough resources to implement prevention and intervention programs, including mental health providers for Medicaid patients. Another chief barrier was stigma associated with seeking help, notably among LGBTQ individuals.

Colorado consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the highest suicide rate.

The purpose of the study is to determine the best strategies for addressing and preventing youth suicide in Colorado and to see where the state's efforts and dollars can be used most effectively. Read the study: bit.ly/2TAc0Z5.

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