Suicide

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June 18, 2018 - 10:37 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A funeral will be held for fashion designer Kate Spade this week in Kansas City, where she was born. The Kansas City Star reports that services for Spade are planned for 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. Her father, Frank Brosnahan, says it's...
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Kara Marxer
June 06, 2018 - 5:46 am
The suicide of Kansas City native Kate Spade has many people questioning why, considering the fashion icon was one of the most famous and successful people in her field. Depression and other types of mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their fame or fortune. Spade's housekeeper found...
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Jim Cunningham
April 16, 2018 - 5:59 am
A study commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation finds that police officers, firefighters and emergency medics are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Flags are typically not lowered in the case of a first responder who takes his or her own life. That could lead to under-...
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Michael Ronnebaum
February 23, 2018 - 5:40 am
Some mental health experts call it a secret epidemic, a high suicide rate in Kansas, with an even higher rate focused on Johnson County. More than 400 people took their own lives in Kansas in 2013, and more than a fifth of those deaths occurred in Johnson County. "Right now in Johnson County we see...
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Marc LaVoie
February 12, 2018 - 6:39 am
The numbers behind the veteran suicide rate are alarming for Kansas and Missouri, where the rates are significantly higher than the overall national rate. One local man attempted suicide after he survived a battle that his comrades did not. "I started getting the guilt of maybe I did something...
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Matt Evans / KMBC
September 29, 2017 - 12:04 pm
Update 1430 29sept17 The student who committed suicide at Lee's Summit North High School has been identified as 17-year-old Gemesha A. Thomas, according to Lee's Summit police. ************** Lee's Summit, MO - Police confirmed that a student at Lee's Summit North High committed suicide on campus...
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September 08, 2017 - 12:01 pm
Join us Sunday morning to end the stigma of talking about mental health. Tune in to 98.1 KMBZ for our two-hour, commercial-free broadcast of I'm Listening - on World Suicide Prevention Day - featuring personal stories from musicians and artists like including Metallica, Logic and more. By taking...
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Kara Marxer
May 18, 2017 - 6:39 am
In a continuation of the KMBZ Cover Story on suicide, a panel discussion will be held to help parents address the issues their children have been exposed to in the Netflix show, "13 Reasons Why." The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to help parents find a way to talk intelligently...
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Kara Marxer
April 24, 2017 - 6:06 am
The Shawnee Mission School District is warning parents that a show on Netflix may glorify suicide. The district sent out a letter cautioning parents about the program "13 Reasons Why," on the subject of teen suicide. School counselors said while the show has become very popular, it is also...
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April 19, 2017 - 6:26 pm
Looking in-depth at the rise of suicides in America. We've condensed the stories into a short podcast. Take a listen if you missed it, or would like to listen again.
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