depression Could Altitude Partially Explain Suicide, Mental Health Issues In The Mountain West? By Rae Ellen Bichell • Jul 23, 2019 The Mountain West has disproportionately high rates of depressive disorders and suicide. Researchers are trying to find out why. Turns out, the mountains themselves might have something to do with it. Mental Health Experts Say One Of Biggest Hurdles To Treatment Is Stigma By Ali Budner • Jun 20, 2019 Ermadz X / Creative Commons 2.0 The Rocky Mountain region continues to face some of the highest suicide rates in the country. A recent panel of experts in Colorado addressed what they said was one of the biggest hurdles to mental health: social stigma.