suicideA new commission in Colorado will work to reduce the state’s high suicide rate, according to a news release.

The Colorado Legislature created the Suicide Prevention Commission of Colorado to address issues related to suicide prevention.

Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is the commission’s executive director and appointed commissioners Oct. 1 from state agencies, law enforcement, the interfaith community, the business community and agriculture and ranching industries, according to the release.

The commission’s first meeting is scheduled to convene 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Reading Room of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

More than 1,000 Coloradans die by suicide each year, attributing one of the highest suicide rates in the country to the mountain state.

For more information, visit coosp.org. A suicide prevention hotline is also available for anyone in crisis at 1-800-273-8255.