Suicide rates increasing, mainly in rural parts of Kansas


GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — The number of suicides in Kansas has increased by more than half in recent years, particularly in the northwest rural areas of the state.

Mental health professionals say the geographical isolation, low population and struggling economy in rural parts of Kansas are challenges increasing suicide risk, according to the Kansas News Service.

Twenty counties in the region saw suicides climb by 57% from 2014 through 2018. Overall, Kansas had 555 suicides in 2018 — up 2% from the previous year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the 2018 rate was the highest...

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