Suicide in Rural and Frontier Kansas — Virtual Event

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Feb 15, 2022


Wyatt J. Beckman, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

State and local organizations established the Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition in late 2021. As these groups work to address the rising rates of suicide statewide, the latest data available show rates of suicide are higher in the most rural parts of Kansas, known as frontier counties.

On February 15, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) hosted a virtual discussion of federal and state strategies focused on reducing suicide in rural and frontier communities across Kansas. Wyatt J. Beckman, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., KHI Analyst, led the discussion.

KHI materials related to this topic are linked below.

Important external resources referenced in the discussion include:

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    • Introduction (0:00 on the recording)
    • Kansas County Peer Groups (4:30 on the recording)
    • Methods (6:23 on the recording)
    • Analysis and Findings (7:08 on the recording)
    • Discussion (12:13 on the recording)
    • Federal Rural Suicide Prevention (13:40 on the recording)
    • Discussion (23:00 on the recording)
    • State Rural Suicide Prevention (26:55 on the recording)
    • Discussion (43:18 on the recording)

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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