Governor Brownback Signs Suicide Prevention Week Proclamation

August 31, 2015

Governor’s Proclamation for Suicide Prevention Week of September 7-13, 2015

WHEREAS, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September 7-13th is National Suicide Prevention Week; 

WHEREAS, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-44 year olds among Kansans, and is the 10th leading cause of death for people of all ages in the United States;

WHEREAS, each person’s death by suicide intimately affects at least six other people, with over 200,000 newly bereaved each year;

WHEREAS, in 2013, 426 Kansans died by suicide, and several thousand friends and family members were changed forever by losing those people;

WHEREAS, many of those people who died never received effective behavioral health services, for many reasons including the difficulty of accessing services by healthcare providers trained in best practices to reduce suicide risk, the stigma of using behavioral health treatment and the stigma associated with losing a loved one to suicide;

WHEREAS, the Suicide Prevention Subcommittee of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council, which is comprised of representatives of behavioral health organizations, state agencies, military/veterans organizations, educational institutions, and the community at large, who are dedicated to reducing the frequency of suicide attempts and deaths, and the pain for those affected by suicide deaths, through research projects, educational programs, intervention services, and bereavement services urges that all Kansans:

1. Recognize suicide as a significant public health problem in Kansas and declare suicide prevention a statewide priority;

2. Support the development of accessible behavioral health services for all 105 counties of our state, implementing national best practices in reducing suicide risk for people of all ages and backgrounds

3. Promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273 8255

4. Acknowledge that no single suicide prevention effort will be sufficient or appropriate for all populations or communities; and

5. Encourage initiatives based on the goals and activities contained in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and Zero Suicide of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

WHEREAS, far too many Kansans die by suicide each year, and most of these deaths are preventable;

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that, I, Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas, do hereby designate September 7th through 13th, 2015, as “Suicide Prevention Week” in the state of Kansas and urge Kansans to learn how they can help because Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business.

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