Suicide Rates Among Early Adolescents
Suicide deaths among early adolescents age 10-14, while lower than among youths age 15-24, also have increased, reaching 36 deaths in 2016-2020 compared to 12 in 2001-2005. Early adolescents in Kansas had the 11th highest suicide rate in the nation from 2016-2020 (3.6 per 100,000), and suicide was the second leading cause of death in the same period for this younger population. Although the comparatively lower number of suicides among early adolescents limits further analysis, the findings demonstrate the need for prevention efforts for this younger population.
Every suicide is a tragic event, and the loss of a child or youth can have especially wide and dramatic ripples across families and communities. The recent mental health challenges and social isolation exacerbated by COVID-19 further stress the importance of suicide prevention and calls for action to stop the rising number of suicide deaths in Kansas.