Report: Southwest Utah counts highest suicide rate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New state data show suicides plagued rural southwestern Utah from 2009-2011 at a higher rate than any other zip code statewide.

A report from the Utah Department of Health shows the zip code with the highest per capita suicide rate is one that encompasses Kane, Garfield and Beaver counties and part of Iron County. There were 27 total suicides there in 2011, show the latest figures available.

South Salt Lake's suicide rate trailed close behind with 26 total fatalities.

Northern Utah towns Farmington and Centerville had the lowest rates of suicide followed by part of Provo that includes Brigham Young University.

Utah tallied 1,400 total suicides during that time.

The study comes from the department's violence and injury prevention program.

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