Article with Dr. Perry Renshaw

The beauty of living in mountainous country, an inviting place to live and play, may have an ugly side.

A study recently released by researchers at the University of Utah Brain Institute has found living in high-altitude states significantly increases the risk of suicide.

Dr. William McMahon with the University of Utah's Department of Psychiatry was one of several researchers reacting to the new study.

"It sort of puts our mental health theories kind of on their ear for a while, because who would have ever thought altitude was a factor in suicide?" McMahon said.

He calls the latest findings by Dr. Perry Renshaw and his colleagues at the University of Utah Brain Institute, Salt Lake Veterans Affairs and Case Western University amazing and extremely significant.

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