The Centers for Disease Control has ranked Kansas 19th in the nation in the rate of suicide incidents. The state ranked fifth for overall change.
The CDC said Kansas had a dramatic increase in suicides, especially among females. The suicide rate went up in almost every state in the U.S., and 25 states had increases of more than 30 percent each.
In a press release, the CDC reported nearly 45,000 suicides in the U.S. in 2016 among people ten years of age and older. More than half of the people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Factors that contributed to suicides included relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, financial and legal problems.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Governor Colyer's office released the CDC report. KDHE chief medical officer Dr. Greg Lakin said "It's important that everyone, whether its a medical professional, family, friends, or co-workers, take an active role in offering help before it's too late."
Suicide warning signs include feeling like a burden, a feeling of isolation, increased anxiety, increased substance use, extreme mood swings, sleeping too little or too much, and talking or posting about wanting to die. More information is available through the Kansas Suicide Prevention Center, Sedgwick County's Comcare and the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition.