A report by a national city and county association finds Colorado Springs has the second highest suicide rate in the nation -- second to Las Vegas.
The report by the National Association of County & City Health Officials examined suicide rates from 2004 in the largest 54 urban areas in the United States. It found that 26 out of every 100,000 people in Colorado Springs killed themselves. The rate in number one Las Vegas was nearly 35 per 100,000.
Tucson, Arizona, was third with a rate of 25 per 100,000.
Health officials aren't sure why the rate is so high. They say depression is a common factor. But, they don't have concrete evidence to support why. So instead, they focus on prevention.
"Alot of times people who are suicidal will hint at the fact that they won't be around for long," said Ali Negal, El Paso County Department of Health and Environment Injury and Prevention Program Specialist.
Negal says knowing to pick up on these signs and immediately getting someone help can prevent tragedy.
Colorado Springs has a suicide prevention hotline. The number is (719) 596-LIFE.
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