Suicide Causes, Etiologies, And Prevention Strategies

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Suicide causes, etiologies, and prevention strategies were examined in Mesa county of western Colorado. The highest population at risk for completion of suicide within Mesa county and that of the national average were found to be White males between the ages of 36-54 years of age. Risk factors of suicide and demographics of this population were assessed and compared to the efficacy of current suicide programs utilized within Mesa county. Data was then compared from Mesa county’s demographics, suicide rates, and prevention programs to current literature and the District of Columbia, which hosts the lowest suicide rate in the country. The juxtaposition of current literature and the District of Columbia’s suicide prevention programs to Mesa county’s current suicide prevention program were made to identify the efficacy and areas of improvement needed to further reduce suicide rates. Suicide in Mesa County Suicide rates within the United States continue to rise at a steady rate. Within the past several years, the suicide rate has steadily increased to 12.6 suicide deaths per 100,000 people, which comes to more than 41,000 deaths per year (Bower, 2016). Fleischmann et al. (2016) found that despite preconceptions, suicide occurs in approximately 75% of lower to middle class countries. Worldwide, around 50% of suicides account for violent death in men and 71% in women (Fleischmann, et al., 2016). In the United States alone, the largest percentage of
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