Police knew of the suicidal tendencies of nearly a third of the people who killed themselves in Mesa County in the first half of last year.
The Daily Sentinel reported Thursday that health officials say that statistic underlines the need to improve monitoring of suicidal people in the county, where the suicide rate is double the state's and triple the nation's.
At a public forum Wednesday, health officials spoke of the need to improve counseling in schools and the workplace. A new county health department study found that student health services are limited and that health care professionals lack training in screening and assessing depression and anxiety.
Drug treatment gaps also were noted, along with a spike in prescription drug overdose deaths.