CDC: Suicide rates now highest in three decades

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DENVER – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report doesn’t hold back -- the U.S. has a problem with rising suicide rates.

According to the study, nearly every demographic is facing rising numbers, including a 200 percent increase among 10- to 14-year-old girls, a 63 percent increase among women 45 to 64, and sharp increases within Native American communities. Men older than 75 remain the most likely group to end their lives.

Guns remain the most common method for men and poison the most common for women.

“We don't accept our bodies, we don't accept who we are,” said Molly Purse, a teenager in Colorado who almost killed herself as a 14-year-old.

Purse is not surprised by the study; a classmate of hers recently took her own life.

“I think they need to know they are worth something and they will find their purpose later in life,” Purse said.

Purse works with the Shaka Franklin Foundation, a group that is committed to reducing suicide rates, especially among teens.

Founder Les Franklin lost two of sons to suicide.

“There is hardly a day in life that I don’t cry,” Franklin said. “The pain is so intense and it never goes away."

Franklin believes the increase in internet activity is contributing to these alarm rates.

“Too many kids spend too much looking at their computers and families members are not there,” Franklin said.

Franklin held his annual luncheon fundraiser Friday. This year, it is raising money for an RV to go around the country advocating suicide prevention.

Colorado ranks seventh in the nation for suicide deaths. The General Assembly has been working this session to reduce the number of suicides.

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