KS governor signs bill addressing rise in youth suicide

Youth suicide graphic by MGN. Photo: Pixabay.

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Thursday signed a bill that creates the position of Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator in the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

The created position was a recommendation of the Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force that convened last year, the governor's office says.

“In recent years, Kansas has seen a steady uptick in suicide among young people,” Kelly says. “I’m pleased the Legislature took this step to reduce youth suicide. We must do more to raise awareness and support our young people with their mental health needs.”

The bill, House Bill 2290, implements more task-force recommendations by "requiring the coordinator to lead development and implementation of a website to promote youth well-being and prevent suicide, coordinate multidisciplinary strategies to address youth suicide, facilitate events to provide training to prevent youth suicide, and share information on suicide prevention," the governor's office says.

“Many Kansas communities have been devastated by the loss of young people due to suicide,” Kelly says. “Kansas must take steps to build a comprehensive plan to address the mental health needs in our communities.”