August/September Newsletter

September is Suicide Prevention Month

AAS 2015You can find out more about Suicide Prevention Month and Week at the American Association of Suicidology. Here you will find information on how to get involved in your community, including a toolkit with ideas and resources. 

For information about activities happening in Kansas, check out the Statewide Updates below and keep checking for updates. 

If you'd like to see your event or activity featured on the resource center or in a future newsletter, email us!

Statewide Updates

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership

The Task Force's Glow for Life events are taking place Saturday, September 12, at Vet’s Memorial Park & Lake in Great Bend. The public is invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.  The Glow Walk & competitive 5 K Glow Run are at sunset. Late registration for the Glow Walk and Glow Run will be accepted on site beginning at 6 p.m. that evening. Pre-registration closes on September 4.  Cost is $25 for t-shirt, glow works and events.  Please contact Janel Rose for more information.

 The Task Force also has a community education campaign running during July, August, and September using radio, print, and online information that informs about signs & symptoms of those having thoughts of suicide and promotes the national hotline number.


News Release

The Shawnee County Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Coalition will be hosting its 3rd annual 5K run/walk at the Crestview Shelter house on Shunga Drive on September 19th. Details and registration can be found here or call (785) 383-7804.  The Coalition will also be hosting the first of 2, two day, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) .  There will be no charge to participants.  The first will be on September 21 & 22, 8:30 to 4:30, at Avondale East, 455 SE Golf Park in Topeka.  To register contact Dalon Hardgraves at  Flyer

Dalon will also be facilitating a training on Suicide Prevention and Warning Signs for the Successful Connection Monthly Brown Bag Presentations at the Shawnee County Health Agency Auditorium, 1615 SW 8th Avenue (8th & Garfield), over the lunch hour on October 1.  You can contact him for more information about this presentation at the above email address or contact Successful Connections at for more information about the Brown Bag luncheons.

The Topeka Police Department, in conjunction with the Coalition and the National Guard, conducted two recent trainings. The first, “Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Calls,” was an 8 hour class that focused on how Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) should handle, address, and complete suicide calls. The second training was “Advanced Veteran’s CIT Training.” It was a 24 hour class that focused on Law Enforcement Officers dealing with Veterans in a mental health crisis and several sessions were  focused on Veteran suicide.

Northwest Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition

Phillipsburg Jr/Sr High School is doing a 2K Color Run/Walk on Sept 9, 2015 at 2:00 as an awareness activity.  School will be let out for those participating.


The Suicide Awareness Survivor Support - MOKAN is hosting the 12th Annual Remembrance Walk on Sunday, September 6, at Loose Park in KC MO beginning at 9:00 a.m. The walk is for anyone who has lost a loved one by suicide, homicide, or other traumatic death . Registration is at  The event is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. This includes a t-shirt, bag, and other goodies.  There will be a dove release and name ceremony.  All proceeds benefit support groups in the KC area and educational items related to suicide.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Awareness Campaign

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition has been working in collaboration with the Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition on a suicide prevention awareness campaign utilizing the KYSP grant funds the coalition received. The focus of the campaign will be for high school youth. Three focus groups were held in the month of June with high school youth to gain input about what kinds of materials resonated with them. The roll out of the campaign will occur during the month of September. The coalition also wants to thank Cenpatico for giving their time and efforts to help with the creation of the campaign.

Awareness Week

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is working together to promote suicide prevention week. A small workgroup was formed to determine the best implementation plan for awareness materials. Many different ideas have been expressed and the coalition will continue to finalize details on how to promote suicide prevention awareness week during the August meeting.  

The Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition

The coalition is planning a community outreach and candlelight vigil event for Suicide Prevention Week. Activities will be held at the Lawrence Public Library on September 13th, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The community outreach event will explore the lived experience movement that has been giving voice to those who have attempted suicide or experienced thoughts of suicide. The vigil will be held on the grounds between the library and the parking garage. "Like" the DCSPC Facebook page for updates as they happen. 

Greater Kansas American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Chapter

The chapter is hosting their 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Emporia scheduled on September 26th at Jones Park! Registration is Free!

The chapter is also hosting the 4th Annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Community Walk in Wichita on October 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Waterwalk. Registration

The Greater Kansas City Walk for folks on both sides of the state line is scheduled for October 3rd at the Berkley Riverfront Park. Register here!


The 2015 Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference was a complete success. There were about 300 participants from several states, 7 nationally known speakers and experts, and 30 breakout sessions. If you were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed the event. We look forward to seeing what happens next year!