Suicide in Kansas City Teens

Suicide In Kansas City Teens 


I chose this topic because of the increasing number of teens in the Kansas City Metropolitan who have committed suicide. Kansas City is a small enough city where if there is a disaster, no matter what, everyone wants to help out. That being said, when a teen commits suicide in a local private school in Kansas, everyone is severely impacted: those in the Kansas public schools, those in Missouri private schools, those whose schools are primarily Christian, and those whose schools are primarily Jewish. I feel connected to this topic because I have known a few of the teen suicide victims in the Kansas City area. I want people across the city to be aware that they have other options than ending their lives.


There is a challenge with teen suicide because of the increasing amounts of teen suicide that happen right under parents. This matters because people are not given the proper information to help those who are a risk to themselves when they could be receiving the help that they need. I am the one to catalyze change at the local level on this topic because I have seen many people suffer with depression (including myself).

I believe that every teen has the right to get the help that they need before they choose to end their lives. I think that as a member of the KC Metro Community, it is important for a teenager to try and make a change among my peers because I am one of them. I know what teens are going through and how a person can get out of the bubble they feel they are in. I hope that I can help raise awareness for the individuals who may think that suicide is there only option know that they DO have other options: reaching out to friends/families or get the medical attention that they need. Not only this, but I hope to help other teens and parents recognize the signs of their children or friend in order to prevent suicide by making connections to aid those with depression and suicidal thoughts.



So how do you think we can prevent suicide?

-please leave your thoughts in the comment section

I would like to talk with my administration as well as the administration in the major local schools about creating a program for students which establishes awareness and help for those to learn and manage, either their lives or to help the lives of their peers. I would try to organize a talk with a suicidal survivor to share their story. Not only this, I would like to have small groups who have been affected by another suicidal individual to be able to talk about their grief and how they can learn from this experience.


What can you do?

You can spread the word for people to be aware of teen suicide and how they can help! Try to be able to recognize a suicidal individual and help those who are in need.


Holt, John, and Lisa McCormick. “Let’s Talk: KC Teens Affected By Suicide Have Honest Conversation About Fears And Needs.”


4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports. N.p., 2018. Web. 4 Apr. 2018.


“Teen Suicides Are Reaching Record Highs, Forcing Schools To ‘Break The Silence’.” Kansas City Star. N.p., 2018. Web. 4 Apr.



“Youth Suicide Rates Are Rising In Kansas. A Teen Crisis Center In Johnson County Could Help.” Kansas City Star. N.p., 2018. Web. 4

Apr. 2018.

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  1. April 26, 2018 by kimberly.banion

    Thanks for shedding light on this important topic in our community, Julia. In your research, did you come across any local groups who were most effectively addressing the needs of teens in the city?

    • April 30, 2018 by Julia.Cohon

      Hi Dr. Banion! As I did my research, I learned about local orgnizatons who offer help to teens who are at risk. The best one that I found is the AFSP of Greater Kansas City– the reason that I believe it is the best is because not only are they trying to raise money for a cause, but they are trying to educate the people of greater Kansas City by coming to schools and reaching out to those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide.

  2. April 26, 2018 by Annelise N Cohon

    This is awesome what you are doing! I would check out AFSP’s program More Than Sad: They have some great resources available for schools. Love you!

    • April 30, 2018 by Julia.Cohon

      Aww thanks so much for the support! I think that AFSP is a great organization that helps advocate and educate those who may be at risk and for those who may not realize what a huge problem teen suicide is! Love you cousin!

  3. April 26, 2018 by Mailie.Saito

    I really like how you used an infograhic at the top of your presentation. It really showcases the main points related to suicide in Kansas City. I also thought it was really interesting and creative to use a Ted Talk as your solution. How does your school approach speaking about suicide?

    • April 30, 2018 by Julia.Cohon

      Thank you so much! This year, we had a speaker from a local organization tell his story about how he was suicidal, but survived. Hearing this made more and more students discover the importance of the problem! Groups of upper and underclassmen said that if they needed to talk to anyone, that they would always be avaliable. Our school counsellor also talked with the high school and spoke about how suicide has affected our school and offered people to come and talk to her. As I have been researching for this project my principal has reached out to me about talking to a few students who would rather talk to a student than a teacher!

  4. April 27, 2018 by Anna Demopulos

    Great job, Julia! I really loved the TedTalk you chose for the end as well. Suicide is devastating and horrible, but it is important to remember that there’s something we can do to prevent it. I really found your infographic interesting as well. As you said, parents need to be aware of the warning signs, but it is equally important for teens to know them as well. Keep doing great work!

    • April 30, 2018 by Julia.Cohon

      Thank you so much I really appreciate it! I think that it is actually more important for teens to be aware of the warning signs that come along with an individual who is suicidal. Students see and hear a lot more than teachers, administartors and parents. Students sometimes are more influential in the way that their peer might act. I think that overall, it is extremely important for both of them or anyone to be able to see warning signs and help out as much as they can.

  5. April 30, 2018 by CC Yin

    Hi Julia! This is an amazing project! I’ve never really thought of suicide in such a specific area before, but your project does a great job at raising awareness! I love how you include the infographic as well as the TEDtalk… very engaging!

  6. May 01, 2018 by Isabelle.Franz

    Hi Julia! I really like how you included a TedTalk to start off your presentation. Not only does this effectively set up your topic and share someone’s story, but also engages the audience. I also did suicide but in Japan, so it was really interesting to compare data and statistics and share how much of a prevalent issue suicide is in our world today. Nice job!

  7. May 04, 2018 by Natalie

    What an important topic! I really like how your topic was specific yet you applied it to a larger setting as well. How do you think what you learned could be applied to other cities?

  8. May 04, 2018 by Grant Komin

    This is a great topic. Mine was very close to yours and I am so glad to see that other people are making an effort to fix this important issue! Check out my project called The Toxicity of Location: Teen Suicide in Silicon Valley if you’re interested and see how closely these issues resemble each other!

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