Larimer County experiences spike in suicides
November 22, 2009
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Larimer County has experienced the most suicides its had in a single year, placing it on track to finish the year at double the national average.
As of Thursday, 53 deaths have been ruled a suicide by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, or about 20.4 per 100,000 residents. The U.S. average is about 11 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Dana Lindsay, executive director of the Loveland-based Suicide Resource Center of Larimer County, said the underlying theme is the economy. The suicide prevention center was founded in 1989 when 38 people killed themselves in the county. The suicide rate was higher that year at 20.7 per 100,000 residents because the county was less populated.
The previous record of 52 suicides was set in 2005.