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Issue Brief—Deaths by Suicide: Disparities in the Sunflower State

Issue brief #3 in a series of three on health disparities in Kansas

By Carlie J. Houchen, M.P.H., Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | April 18, 2018

Issue Brief—Deaths by Suicide: Disparities in the Sunflower State

READ IT HERE—Deaths by Suicide: Disparities in the Sunflower State

Suicide deaths in Kansas have increased over the past two decades. In 2016, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas, and more than 500 Kansans died by suicide. This increase has occurred as other health outcomes have improved.

This issue brief describes trends and disparities that exist in suicide deaths in Kansas. Key points from the brief include:

  • Non-Hispanic Whites in Kansas (19.1 per 100,000) were approximately twice as likely to die by suicide in 2016 than were non-Hispanic Blacks (10.5) or Hispanics, Any Race (9.5).
  • Males made up over three quarters (78.3 percent) of Kansas suicide deaths in 2016.
  • The least populated counties had the highest rates of suicide deaths in Kansas in 2016 (25.9 per 100,000 in Frontier counties).

This series on health disparities in Kansas includes three briefs that originate from KHI's Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in a Changing Kansas.