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Kansan NPW: Prevention of Suicide

Suicide Prevention

Suicide has risk and protective factors similar to other behavioral health issues. Kansas has many resources available, ranging from prevention and behavioral health promotion strategies to guidance in responding effectively to suicidal thoughts, plans, and actions. Learn more about how to support friends, family, and neighbors after a suicide attempt.

Our suicide prevention library is growing and will be integrated with a range of topics and related information. While we develop, please remember the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a great place to find local resources, coalitions, data, prevention tips, and local and national hotlines.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens.

Only accidents take more lives. One in five teens seriously considers taking their life. This fact is why knowing the situations that can put a teen at risk can save young lives.

HERE ARE THE RISK FACTORS THAT INCREASE THE CHANCE OF A YOUNG PERSON COMMITTING SUICIDE:

  • Feelings of distress, irritability or agitation
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that often accompany depression
  • A family history of depression or suicide
  • Experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • Dealing with bisexuality or homosexuality in an unsupportive family or community or school environment
  • Stressful life events, such as problems at school, a breakup, the death of a loved one, a divorce or a major family conflict
  • Psychological disorders, especially depression, bipolar disorder and alcohol and drug use
  • Lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation
  • A previous suicide attempt

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