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September 28, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — State Efforts to Prevent Suicide in Rural Communities (September 28, 2021)

Rates of suicide, particularly by discharge of firearms, are higher in the most rural parts of Kansas. With the authority and responsibility to protect public health, the state plays a substantial role in suicide prevention efforts. This edition of A Kansas Twist is the second of a two-blog series covering suicide prevention in rural areas of the United States and Kansas. The first blog focuses on federal efforts, while this second blog focuses on state-level approaches, policies and programs that Kansas policymakers and other stakeholders may consider when working to reduce suicide rates in rural communities. It follows the recently published issue brief Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas.

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September 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — Federal Efforts to Prevent Suicide in Rural Communities (September 22, 2021)

In 2019, one person in the United States died by suicide every 11 minutes. While suicide has impacted communities and families of all sizes and demographics, suicide rates have been higher in nonmetropolitan communities for the last two decades. This edition of A Kansas Twist is the first of a two-blog series covering suicide prevention in rural areas of the United States and Kansas. This first blog focuses on federal efforts, while the second will focus on state-level approaches, policies and programs that Kansas policymakers and other stakeholders may consider when working to reduce suicide rates in rural communities. It follows the recently published issue brief Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas.

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September 10, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas (September 2021)

Suicide rates have been increasing. In 2019, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in Kansas and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In both Kansas and the U.S., discharge of firearms has been the leading means of suicide. Rural areas have experienced a higher suicide rate than urban areas, regardless of age, sex, race or ethnicity. This issue brief highlights how suicide rates and the means of suicide have changed over time and have varied across Kansas, with a close look at differences by rurality.

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February 05, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Special Committee on Mental Health Modernization and Reform Working Groups (February 2021)

The Special Committee on Mental Health Modernization and Reform (Special Committee) was tasked with analyzing the state’s behavioral health system and developing a strategic effort to modernize it. To achieve this directive, the Special Committee established three Working Groups. In collaboration with the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) and the Kansas Office of Revisor of Statutes, KHI provided process facilitation and report development for the working groups. Read the report, including recommendations, and learn more in our legislative testimony.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rate During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 3 (January 22, 2021)

With the job loss and financial stress of the pandemic there has been great concern that many Kansans could lose their insurance coverage. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the uninsured rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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January 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas Issue 2 (January 22, 2021)

The stress and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are just beginning to be understood. This issue of Pulse on Kansas looks at the data for clues on how the pandemic is impacting the mental health of Kansans at different income levels. Pulse on Kansas reports data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey on important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

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