It’s a statistic of which people in the Gunnison Valley are keenly aware: Suicide rates nationally have risen more than 30 percent since 1999, and Rocky Mountain states are higher than average.

In Gunnison County, 2017 statistics show the rate is far above both the state and national average — 26.6 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people. This year, there have been nine suicide deaths in Gunnison County with more than half of them occurring north of Round Mountain.

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