AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As suicide rates continue to exceed the Texas average in both Potter and Randall Counties, local organizations are working hard to remove the stigma behind seeking help for mental disorders like anxiety and depression.
According to a recent report released by the CDC, on average, one person dies by suicide every three hours in Texas.
Potter County suicide rate exceeds the Texas rate by 40 percent, while Randall County's suicide rate exceeds the Texas rate by nearly 92 percent.
One local mental health advocate says suicide not only impacts the individual who takes their life but also those left behind.
"If you think about losing a student in a school setting, it [has] affected their family, their friends, but also their classmates, their teachers," said Amy Hord, the director of behavioral health and wellness at Family Support Services. "And so it has a widespread effect, and so we're unfortunately seeing that in our community."
Hord says over 50 percent of individuals who complete suicide are never diagnosed with a mental disorder.