Johnson County’s youth suicide rate fell 33% during the pandemic last year — what could be behind that

Johnson County health officials say suicide prevention efforts by groups like Zero Reasons Why, the teen-led campaign to prevent suicide, appear to have contributed to a decrease in suicide. Photo via Zero Reasons Why Facebook.

As schools fluctuate between in-person, hybrid and online only learning during the pandemic, students’ mental health has remained a top concern in Johnson County, and nationwide.

While some communities, like Clark County, Nev., saw increased youth suicide rates following COVID-19 school closures, Johnson County’s suicide rates decreased between 2019 and 2020.