Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. The 2019 Kansas Summary of Vital Statistics reported 521 deaths by suicide in the state of Kansas and that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people of ages 15 – 34 years. With the firm belief that suicide is a preventable public health concern, we are calling on all Kansans to reach out to those they know between the ages of 15 and 34 and do a “check in”.
“What we know is that the greatest protection that people have from acting on thoughts of suicide is strong connections with other people, and having compassionate, caring, and respectful contact with people helps to build those connections.”
-Monica Kurz, KS Suicide Prevention HQ
Why “Check In”?
To promote making connections that will create the social support needed to help reduce the risk of suicidal behavior. To help dismantle the stigma held against both youth and adults who seek mental health services. To relieve the feeling of shame, guilt, and isolation of those dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide by normalizing the conversation.
The 2021 Kansas Suicide Prevention Awareness “Check In” Campaign is a collaborative effort of Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services (KDADS), Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (KSPHQ), Kansas Prevention Collaborative, and Prevention Initiatives at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute.