Fort Carson suicide rate down by more than a third

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Army officials say Fort Carson’s suicide rate fell by more than a third last year.

Fort Carson’s acting commander, Brig. Gen. James Doty, said Wednesday the post’s suicide rate was 31 per 100,000 in 2010, down from 49 per 100,000 in 2009.

In 2008, Fort Carson’s rate was 66 per 100,000.

The Army’s overall suicide rate is about 22 per 100,000.

Doty says it’s difficult to pinpoint the reasons for the decline but says one factor appears to be Fort Carson’s practice of placing behavioral health teams closer to soldiers instead of clustering them all at the post hospital.

He says that makes it easier for soldiers to seek help and reduces some of the stigma attached to visiting the mental health section of the hospital.