A startling national statistic is 15.6% of Latina adolescents have attempted suicide at least once, while 20.1% have seriously considered suicide. Data from the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey doesn't break out male/female responses by gender. However in this regional assessment of students for Garfield County, 15.8% of Hispanic students reported seriously considering suicide in the past 12 months which is 44% than white students. 12.8% of Hispanic students reported making a plan on how they would attempt suicide compared to 8.1% of white students. While 10.8% of Hispanic students reported attempting suicide in the past 12 months with 5.8% of students reporting that the attempt ended with an injury, poisoning, or overdose having to be treated by a doctor compared to 4.7% and 1.1% of white students respectively.
As SPCGC continues our work in schools in Glenwood Springs and Rifle High Schools it is important that we work to bring in Latino/a and Hispanic voices into our coalition.