For the third year in a row, the number of Kansas children dying by suicide declined, although emotional distress caused by the pandemic was cited as a contributing factor in about a third of those deaths, a new report shows.
The number of youth suicides for Kansans under 18 declined to 26 from 28 in 2019 and 35 in 2018, according to a report released by the Kansas State Child Death Review Board.
Eight of the suicides were 14 years old or younger. Suicide made up 24% of all youth deaths in 2020 excluding identified natural causes.
The suicide rate . . .