Coroner Kintz

Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr. notes that six suicides have already occurred in Park County this year, outstripping last year’s four suicides. (Flume file photo)

Six suicides have been reported in Park County in 2012 through July 31, outpacing the previous year’s total of four.

Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr. said the six suicides as of July 31, puts Park County on pace to near the totals from 2009 and 2010.

In 2010, 14 people lost their lives to suicide in the county. In 2009, that number was 15.

The 2009 number nearly doubled the previous record of eight suicides, set in 2001 and tied in 2004 and 2006.

Kintz said that although there have already been more suicides this year than last year, it’s hard to predict just how many more might happen in Park County for the remaining months of the year.

“We may not have any more this year. I hope people get help they need before it comes to that,” Kintz said. “That would be good.”

The average number of suicides in Park County from 1976 to 2011 was 4.8 per year, so the six this year already exceeds that.

From 2001 to 2011, the average number of suicides increased to 7.2 per year.

And from 2006 to 2011, the average was 8.6 per year.

Kintz said the victims of suicide this year in Park County have been a mix of in-county and out-of-county residents.

One of them was a woman, he said.

Kintz also expressed sadness that the number of suicides is increasing following a major decline in 2011.

“It looks like it’s going to increase back to the [more recent] average,” he said.

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