To boost consciousness and educate Kansans on suicide prevention, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation designating September as Suicide Prevention Month within the State of Kansas.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the necessity for Kansans of all ages to have entry to complete psychological well being assets throughout our state,” Governor Kelly mentioned. “This month and each month, we should concentrate on methods to eradicate the stigma surrounding psychological sickness, and make positive individuals of all ages know that assistance is at all times accessible in the event that they want it.”
Suicide Prevention Month is noticed along side World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 and Nationwide Suicide Prevention Week September 5-11.
The Kansas Division for Getting old and Incapacity Companies (KDADS) has partnered with the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC), the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (KSPHQ) and Prevention Initiatives at Wichita State College’s Group Engagement Institute to develop this 12 months’s statewide 2021 Kansas Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign, “Verify In.” The marketing campaign is designed to:
- Promote making connections that can create the social assist wanted to assist cut back the danger of suicidal habits
- Assist dismantle the stigma surrounding youth and adults who search psychological well being providers
- Relieve the sentiments of disgrace, guilt and isolation for these coping with despair or ideas of suicide by normalizing the dialog
“Elevating consciousness in its easiest type can begin by not being afraid to ask, or “test in” after we are apprehensive about somebody or asking for assist if we’d like it ourselves,” KDADS Secretary Laura Howard mentioned. “Individually and along with the group of native coalitions we’ve constructed, we are able to have a optimistic affect on the discount of deaths by suicide, and successfully handle behavioral well being prevention in our communities across the state.”
In Kansas, suicide has constantly been within the prime 10 main causes of dying amongst all ages. The 2019 Kansas Abstract of Very important Statistics reported 521 deaths by suicide within the state, the very best it’s been within the final 20 years and better than the nationwide charge. Kansas knowledge additionally reveals suicide is the second main explanation for dying in individuals ages 15-34 years. In keeping with knowledge from Kansas Communities that Care, in 2019:
- 40 p.c of reporting youth self-disclosed they felt unhappy or hopeless each day for at the very least two weeks someday within the final 12 months
- The primary two sources from whom a youth with psychological well being issues would search assist are a companion/important different or a buddy
Service Members, Veterans and their Households (SMVF) in Kansas who’ve faithfully and honorably served our state and nation have seen a suicide charge 3.4 occasions the speed of non-veterans and considerably greater than the nationwide charge. From 2015 to 2017, 67 per 100,000 veterans died by suicide.
Governor Kelly’s proclamation highlights the various methods Kansas is devoted to eliminating suicide and elevating consciousness. It acknowledges suicide as a “important public well being drawback” and declares prevention a “statewide precedence.”
Monica Kurz, KSPHQ Vice President of Exterior Programing, mentioned, “What we all know is that the best safety that folks have from appearing on ideas of suicide is powerful connections with different individuals, and having compassionate, caring and respectful contact with individuals helps to construct these connections.”
Totally free, confidential assist or prevention and disaster assets for you or your family members 24/7, name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or textual content 741741.
Concerning the Kansas Prevention Collaborative: The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was organized by KDADS in 2015 to combine and innovate behavioral well being prevention efforts. A partnership of a number of completely different state, academic, and supplier businesses, the KPC’s objective is to increase prevention efforts to be extra inclusive of psychological well being promotion, suicide prevention, and drawback playing training and consciousness, in addition to to extend the provision of assets to adequately fund local-level prevention and promotion strategic plans. For interviews, media inquiries or extra info, please contact the Kansas Prevention Collaborative at KPCTeam@wichita.edu.