Oregon suicide rate higher than national average

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Much of the data was taken over a 7-year period from 2000 to 2007, from the Oregon Violent Death Reporting System, which compiles statistics from police reports, death certificates and medical examiners. "I was saddened because I think this is still an area where there's not a great amount of understanding," said Sandy Moses. Moses, Lane County's Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Coordinator, said factors like depression, access to guns and job loss may by why Oregon's suicide rate is so high. "Additional stresses on peoples lives such as deployment, such as economic crisis, health crisis," said Moses.