KOAA News5 produced a video that shows how local nonprofits like envida are working to help our region handle the recent uptick in suicides.
News5 spoke with several officials in the mental health care field. They say sixteen young people died by suicide this past year, in El Paso County, an uptick from the year before. The county also saw an increase in veteran suicides as well. The same trend is showing up in Teller and Park Counties.
Envida is a non-profit ride service that helps provide transportation for people who are in crisis. on Average they’ve given about 300 to 400 rides a month. The agency says that number increased as soon as the pandemic hit.