Rural suicide rates are rising in Kansas

Suicide rates in rural and frontier Kansas counties have climbed 55% and 60% from 2000 to 2019, a study shows. That's much higher than the increase in mid-sized cities and urban areas.


State News

September 23, 2021 - 9:48 AM

HAYS — Kyle Carlin understands first-hand how hard a mental health crisis can hit in rural Kansas.

He dealt with depression starting as a teenager. It eventually led him to attempt suicide.

But he didn’t think about seeking counseling until he was preparing to leave the Army Reserve in Hays roughly 12 years ago. Even then, asking for help wasn’t easy.

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