Mental Health Association Oklahoma offers free one-hour educational programs for groups in the community on QPR - question, persuade, refer - in how to handle a potential suicidal person. Over 1,000 people die by suicide in our state each year, but the norm isn't suicide death. The others include Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.
Anne Shuchat M.D.is principal director at CDC. KDADS also offers training regarding suicide prevention.
In 2016 alone, there were nearly 45,000 deaths from suicide.
The CDC report notes many factors contribute to suicide with the most common being relationship problems, crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks, problematic substance use, physical health problem, and job or financial problem.
Overall, the rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016 from 12.3 per 100,000 in 1999-2001.
Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year. In Indiana, where such a law has been on the books since 2005, a recent study linked the measure to a 7.5 percent drop from the expected rate of firearm suicides.
The report says that in 27 states, 54 percent of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition - however, they note that individuals may have had mental health problems that were never diagnosed.
The report also studied the reasons surrounding suicides. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta chose to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016. "Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the USA right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.
"The data tells us that people are experiencing crisis more", Stohlmann-Rainey said.
And when a celebrity dies by suicide, it provides a shocking reminder of a bleak and often forgotten reality: People who seem to have it all may be suffering the most. Through suffering with depression, she knows just what it takes to recover from a mental health illness.
Although ADAMHS had not yet reviewed the CDC report and their public health recommendations, the organization advocates for community collaboration that creates a whole system of recovery care.
States in the midwest saw the most dramatic spikes, and North Dakota had the highest increase in such deaths, with a 57.6 percent jump. And the closer one looks at suicide trends, the more troubling they become.
Suicide is caused by many factors and each one is different.