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Criminal Justice Series: Suicide Among Veterans: A Growing Problem in Colorado

Tuesday, Apr 30th @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The University of Colorado Denver, the School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Community Safety and Resilience invite you to join us for the final panel of four public panels to explore and address gun violence and its intersections.

“Suicide Among Veterans: A Growing Problem in Colorado”

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Terrace Room (2nd floor), Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80204

According to the Colorado Health Institute, almost 2,600 veterans in Colorado have died by suicide between 2004 and 2017—nearly 200 veterans per year every year for over a decade. Veterans in Colorado are disproportionately impacted by suicide, as they comprise 9 percent of the state’s population and 20 percent of suicides in the state. Veterans in Colorado are also almost twice as likely to die by suicide than the national average (52.1 per 100,000 compared to 30.1 per 100,000).

According to the VA, almost two-thirds (64.7%) of Colorado veteran suicides are by firearm. Suicide among veterans is preventable.

Issues like barriers to mental health care services, a lack of community-level initiatives (particularly in rural areas), and a shortage of coordinated strategies to address veteran-specific needs need to be addressed to lower the suicide rate among veterans.

Join us for a discussion on this important issue, the final event in the partnership between the Center for Community Safety and Resilience and the Chancellor’s Office to raise awareness and promote civil dialogue around issues related to gun violence prevention.

Check-in and hors d’oeuvres: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Programming: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Register at https://cvent.me/yVRenZ