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Increases of suicide rates in Kansas: results from 2009-2018

Jason D. Lloyd (Department of Psychology and Counseling, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, USA)
David W. Oakley (Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, Kansas, USA)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 24 August 2020

Issue publication date: 21 July 2021




The purpose of this study is to evaluate the increase in suicide rates for Kansas residents, as well as quantify the difference in suicide rates between men and women across the State of Kansas.


To evaluate increases in suicide rates, a joinpoint regression analysis was conducted to calculate the annual percentage change in suicide rates. To evaluate differences between sex characteristics, a one-way analysis of variance was conducted.


Results of a joinpoint regression analysis found that the annual percentage change in the suicide rates of Kansas did increase significantly between 2009 and 2018. Furthermore, the rate of suicide increase among women was greater than the suicide rate increases of men.


The value of this study provides context to the suicide literature that could allow for better local and statewide policy decisions.



The researchers want to give a special thank you to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for providing access to the dataset used for this study. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Jason Lloyd, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Contact:


Lloyd, J.D. and Oakley, D.W. (2021), "Increases of suicide rates in Kansas: results from 2009-2018", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 111-121.



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