Child suicides are on the rise in Kansas

State review board wants flexibility on data disclosure

TOPEKA - Despite a declining lower death rate among Kansas children, an annual report indicates the state saw an almost 10% increase in the number of youth suicides in 2018.

The Kansas State Child Death Review Board, part of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, is charged with “identifying risk factors in deaths of children from birth through 17 years of age.”

The board’s 2020 report, which compiled statistics from two years prior, indicates 35 children died by suicide in 2018. Suicide accounted for 31% of all child deaths that year, excluding natural causes.



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