Youth and Young Adult Mental Health: Challenges & Opportunities in the Sunflower State

December 07

Hybrid: In-person and virtual attendance options available.

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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.

This event will look at the current challenges and opportunities for meeting the growing mental health needs of youth and young adults in Kansas. It will include two engaging panel discussions. The first, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Youth & Young Adults at the Local Level, will focus on the organizations and institutions in our local communities working to meet the needs of youth and young adults. The second panel, Statewide Efforts and Strategies to Support Youth & Young Adult Mental Health, will take a systems view of the behavioral health services and resources across our state.


  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022
  • 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. CST (Includes a break for lunch)


This event will be presented in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual attendance options available.

In-Person Participation: Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees – Seating is limited

  • Kansas Health Institute Learning Center
  • 212 SW Eighth Ave.
  • Topeka, KS 66603-3936
Register here to attend in person

Virtual Participation:

  • via Zoom (link will be sent with your registration confirmation)
Register here to attend virtually.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988.

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About Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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