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In 2009, 13 confirmed suicides in Archuleta County placed the county high above state and national averages.
Thankfully, the numbers have declined since then. From 2004 to 2015, there were a reported 34 suicides in Archuleta County, with La Plata County reporting 98 deaths by suicide. In 2015, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death in Archuleta County. In 2016 and 2017 combined, there were at least six suicide deaths for Archuleta County.

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This story was posted on September 20, 2018.