Suicide rate in Kansas up 30 percent in 2012
WICHITA (AP) — The number of suicides reported in Kansas rose to 505 in 2012, a 30 percent increase in the number of suicides in 2011, according to recently released state data.
The figures from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment also show the most common method of suicide by Kansans is firearms, followed by suffocation and poisoning.
"One year does not make a trend, and hopefully we will not have the same repeat next year," said Liz McGinness, a member of the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
In Kansas, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those 15 to 24 and for those 25 to 44, after unintentional injuries. Johnson County had the most suicides in 2012 with 92. Sedgwick County had the second most, with 88.
Some public funding for mental health has decreased while the suicide numbers increase. The community mental health center in Sedgwick County, for example, has lost 53 percent of its state funding since 2009.