Cascade County is taking a stand in the fight against suicide.
The Cascade County Suicide Prevention Team was formed last March under the Committee of Mental Health Local Advisory Council.
The group's purpose is to help educate and bring awareness about how to prevent suicide in the county.
On Monday afternoon, the group met with the state suicide prevention coordinator, Carl Rosston, to go over Montana's suicide rates.
According to the 2014 U.S. Suicide Data, Montana is ranked number one in the nation indicating the most when it comes to suicides.
"You have to be careful of where you give numbers because of our spare population. Numbers do not always tell you he story but rates do. So for instance the national rate is about 13.4. Where as the Montana rate is about 28.5, so more than double. In Cascade County the rate over the last couple of years has been about 16.6," said Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
The Cascade County Suicide Prevention Team meets every third Monday at 3 p.m. in the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce building.
For more information about suicide rates in Montana please visit Suicide Prevention Information and Resources.