KDHE Releases Suicide Prevention Data, Resources As Suicide Prevention Month Ends


TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) – As the end of September approaches, the end of Suicide Prevention Month is approaching, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released data and resources that will be helpful well after the end of the month.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said it has released data and resources to support communities and organizations as part of Suicide Prevention Month.

Earlier this month, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation designating September as Suicide Prevention Month in Sunflower State. The KDHE said the statement aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Comprehensive data and supportive resources are key to understanding this serious public health issue, the ministry said.

The KDHE collects information on suicide deaths, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. In 2015, he said he launched the Kansas Violent Death Reporting System, which lets groups know who is most at risk, emerging trends, contexts and circumstances surrounding suicides.

Additionally, the KDHE said it is reviewing and using data from other sources to paint a more complete picture of how the problem looks in Kansas.

“Experts have speculated that the mental, economic, behavioral and psychosocial issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to an increase in suicidal behavior,” said Leslie Hale, head of the Kansas Zero Suicide program. “KDHE strives to compare pre-pandemic, pandemic and possibly post-pandemic data to understand the impact. We actively support and collaborate with partners in suicide prevention.

The KDHE has created, updated and made available the following resources to help communities better understand suicide prevention:

  • The role of public health in suicide prevention
  • Infographics that Highlight Data from the Kansas Violent Death Reporting System
  • A special report on suicides
  • A report that analyzes data from Kansas in response to a CDC’s weekly morbidity and mortality report
  • Youth suicide prevention tip sheets

If you or someone you know is in crisis or considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential 24/7 support or for prevention and resources. at 800-273-8255 or by SMS at 741741.

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