Both nationally and in Kansas, suicide rates for youth and young adults have risen over the last two decades. The rising suicide rates and mental health challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 have further emphasized the importance of understanding suicide and mental health among youth and young adults, and the options available for policymakers and local organizations.
On February 16, 2023, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) offered an education session to discuss the trend in youth suicide rates in Kansas as well as prevention strategies and approaches. Wyatt J. Beckman, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., KHI Senior Analyst, led the discussion. A recording of the session and resources are below.