Data and Statistics

Kansas Data and Statistics


KDHE has released three suicide-related maps:


The following information can be found in the 2014 Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics:

  • 454 Suicide deaths in Kansas - 2014
  • P.7 - "The suicide age-adjusted death rate increased from 14.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2013 to 15.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2014."
  • P.8 - "Males and females died from suicide at about the same average ages (46.7 and 46.9, respectively)."
  • P.8 & P.120 - Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for the 15-24 age-group. Suicide also remains the second leading cause of death for the 25-44 age-group. Suicide has fallen to the fourth leading cause of death for the 5-14 age-group. It remains the 5th leading cause of death for the 45-64 age-group.
  • P.9 - "In 2014, 454 Kansas residents died due to suicide, up 6.6 percent from 426 suicide deaths in 2013. Almost four-fifths (78.6%) of suicide victims were male. The two age groups with the largest number of suicides were 45-54 (92 deaths) and 55-64 (76 deaths). The three most common methods of suicide were firearms (237 deaths), suffocation (123 deaths), and poisoning (65 deaths)." 
  • P.12 - Approximately one Kansan died by suicide each day in 2014.
  • P.116 - The average age of death by suicide was 46.8 in 2014.
  • P.117 - Suicide remains the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas.
  • P.132 - Suicide accounted for approximately 13,107 years of potential life lost in 2014.


The May 2015 Kansas Health Statistics Report includes information on suicides from 2004 - 2013. From the report:

  • There were 3,931 suicide deaths in Kansas during the 2004–2013 period.
  • The age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.0 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population.
  • The Kansas suicide rate was higher than the national rate during each year in the 2004-2013 period. 
  • In 2013, the Kansas suicide rate (14.7 suicides per 100,000 population) was 16.7 percent higher than the national rate (12.6 suicides per 100,000 population). 
  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 88.8 percent (3,491 deaths) of Kansas resident suicides during the 2004-2013 period.
  • Males accounted for 81.2 percent of suicides during the 2004-2013 period.
  • The 45-54 age-group had the highest age-specific suicide rate during the 2004-2013 period (21.3 deaths per 100,000 population), followed by the 35-44 age-group (19.5 deaths per 100,000 population). 
  • The KDHE service districts with the highest suicide rates were Northwest Kansas (18.4 deaths per 100,000 population) and Southeast Kansas (15.2 deaths per 100,000 population). 

2015 AFSP Kansas Facts and Figures


The following information can be found in the 2013 Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics:

  • 426 Suicide Deaths in Kansas
  • P.7 - "The suicide age-adjusted death rate decreased from 17.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012 to 14.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2013, but the change was not statistically significant."
  • P.8 - "Males and females died from suicide at about the same average ages (46.7 and 47, respectively)."
  • P.8 - "Suicide was the second leading cause of death for the 15-24 age-group." (Suicide is also the second leading cause of death for the 25-44 age-group. It is the third leading cause of death for the 5-14 age-group.)
  • P.9 - "In 2013, 426 Kansas residents died due to suicide, down 15.6 percent from 505 suicide deaths in 2012. Over four-fifths (81.2%) of suicide victims were male. The two age groups with the largest number of suicides were 45-54 (94 deaths) and 55-64 (76 deaths). The three most common methods of suicide were firearms (240 deaths), suffocation (96 deaths), and poisoning (62 deaths)."
  • P.12 - Approximately one Kansan dies by suicide every day. 
  • P.117 - Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Kansas residents of all ages.
  • P.130 - Suicide accounted for approximately 12,279 years of life lost in 2013.

The following information can be found in the 2013 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary Tables

  • 19% of students 15 years old or younger who were surveyed (high school students) considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months
  • 12.5% of those surveyed report making a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the last 12 months
  • Almost 11% of 10th graders surveyed reported making a suicide attempt in the last 12 months
  • About 3% of those survived (or 53 kids) made a suicide attempt serious enough to require medical treatment
  • Suicidality data is presented on pages 17-20. 

2013 Kansas Data Brief: Suicide Injuries

data

The following information can be found in the 2012 Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics:

  • p.120, Leading Causes of Death by Age-Group, Kansas, 2012 shows suicide as:
  • 3rd leading cause of death of 5-14 year old Kansans in 2012, 5 children
  • 2nd leading cause of death of 15-24 year old Kansans in 2012, 79 teens & young adults
  • 2nd leading cause of death of 25-44 year old Kansans in 2012, 167 adults of these ages
  • 5th leading cause of death of 45-64 year old Kansans in 2012, 180 adults of these ages
  • p. 148-9, Selected Causes of Death by County of Residence, Kansas, 2012 lists the number of deaths by suicide of residents of each Kansas county

Deaths by suicide, of Kansans of all ages, info from KDHE and from summaries prepared for the American Association of Suicidology:

  • 2012: 505 people
  • 2011: 384 people
  • 2010: 401 people, rate of 14.1/100,000
  • 2009: 382 people, rate of 13,6/100,000
  • 2008: 337 people, rate of 12.1/100,000

Know that individually and together, we CAN make a difference.

2012 Suicide in Kansas - Report from the Injury Prevention and Disability Program

  • The suicide death rate per 100,000 population for 20-24-year-olds is 16.7, significantly higher than the national rate of 10.5 for the same year. in 2010, there were 14 suicides by people between the ages of 10 and 14.
  • 107 kids between the ages of 15-19 died by suicide from 2006-2010, enough to fill 1.5 school busses. 49 of these deaths were by firearm.
  • Firearms account for 60% of male suicides in Kansas.