2018 News Releases

First meeting of Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force to be held Friday in Topeka

Release Date: Jun 26, 2018

TOPEKA – (June 26, 2018) – A new task force formed to study and recommend ways to reduce the incidence of youth suicide will hold its first meeting this week in Topeka.

The group, formed by the Tower Mental Health Foundation and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, will meet on Friday, June 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave., Room 101C.

A copy of the tentative agenda for this first meeting is available at http://bit.ly/2Jx1Gki.

Schmidt and the Tower Foundation’s chairman, Dr. Walt Menninger, announced the formation of the group earlier this month. The group will survey and report on efforts already underway in Kansas to counter youth suicide and recommend further steps to address the situation.

The task force will conduct other public meetings around the state later this summer and fall. Groups or individuals working in youth suicide prevention and wishing to present information to the task force should contact the attorney general’s Victims Services Division at general@ag.ks.gov or by phone at (800) 828-9745.

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