Before I begin this post I would like to extend my condolences to the family of a twelve year old Olathe boy who passed by suicide this past week. Folks, this is epidemic.
Here are some Olathe Police statistics* regarding mental health and suicide I would like to share with you.
In 2011 there were 1,073 mental health responses by the Olathe Police out of the 40,761 total responses…which is 2.6%.
In 2018 there were 2,241 mental health responses by the Olathe Police out of the 44,863 total responses…which is 5.0%
That’s nearly double in just seven years.
Suicides in JUST OLATHE
2012 22 highest in last ten years
2013 13 lowest in last ten years
2019 11 as of 10/29/2019
Now that eleven is twelve.
Let me ask you, if the City of Olathe had experienced at total of fifty-three homicides since January 1, 2017…would our entire community be demanding action?
Republicans would be demanding tougher sentencing. Democrats would be demanding more restrictive gun laws. But suicides? A task force isn’t solving the problem. How many of you knew there were that many…in just the City of Olathe?
*Olathe Police statistics gathered by a trusted source within the police department