This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Here at home, Kansas agencies have released a resource designed to protect kids. The online resource gives information on actions everyone can take. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kansans between age 15 to 24.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kansans age 15 to 24 and it is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 5 to 14 – this is unacceptable,” said Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “Every one of us has a role to play, whether you’re a friend, parent, community member or school employee. We need to come together to help our youth.”

The resources, which can be found online, identify actions that everyone can take.

The agencies involved in its creation include:

  • KDHE
  • The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
  • The Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Kansas State Department of Education
  • Kansas Attorney General’s Office, in collaboration with the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center

“As we mark National Suicide Prevention Week, I want to commend the work of all the agencies involved in creating the tip sheets as resources for Kansans and look forward to working closely together as we lead a collaborative effort to strengthen the overall Kansas response to youth suicide,” said Gina Meier-Hummel, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.