With rising alarm over teen suicide in our own backyard, KCPT responds by convening experts, parents and teenagers to pick apart what's working and what's not.
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Kids in Crisis tracks the stories of four teenagers and their personal journeys through depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
With rising alarm over teen suicide in our own backyard, KCPT responds by convening experts, parents and teenagers to pick apart what's working and what's not. Host Nick Haines goes beyond the talk to offer practical solutions, advice and tips from those on the frontlines of tackling mental health in the metro.
- Bill Geis, UMKC Psychiatry Professor
- Tim DeWeese, Johnson County Mental Health
- Sara Gould, Children's Mercy
- Kevin Timmons, Parent
- Steffon Staley, Therapist
- Tom Petrizzo, Tri-County Mental Health
- Trista Perez-Crawford, Children's Mercy
- Michelle Watson, Crisis Line Supervisor
- Amanda Davis, Crittenton Children’s Center
- Mariah Hughes, College Student
- Veronica Doering, Olathe Northwest
- Natalie Grady, Swope Health
- Sloane McKinney, Spring Hill High
- Caleb Nelson, Blue Valley North
- Ian Gram, Blue Valley Northwest
- Gretchen Roth, Park Hill South
- Alyssa Miller, Park Hill South
- Nick Haines, KCPT News Host
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Kansas City Mental Health Resources
Provides the Kansas City metropolitan area with resources and information about counseling, psychotherapy and other types of behavioral health care.
Johnson County, Kansas
Johnson County Mental Health Center is the gateway to mental health in Johnson County, providing a wide range of mental health and substance abuse assistance.
Clay, Platte and Ray Counties
Tri-County Mental Health Services, which serves Clay, Platte and Ray counties, offers nationally recognized behavioral health services.
Mental illness affects over 30,000 Jackson County citizens of every age, race, religion and income. Check out the help that's available.
Wyandot Center offers a crisis clinic during regular business hours as well as a 24-hour crisis line. If you or someone you know needs help.
The teen was beautiful and fun-loving, a cheerleader, a peacemaker, and a girl who kept everyone in stitches. Her personality didn't change even after face-altering surgery prompted jeering at school. Life turned darker when a female friend was shot and killed. The week after the funeral, 13-year-old Ashley Craddock, took her own life.
Zero Reasons Why is a Community Mobilization and Story Campaign to prevent teen suicide and drive productive conversations to affirm there are zero reasons why suicide is an option. For more information, contact Campaign Public Affairs: PublicAffairs@OverflowStory.com
SPEAK UP Foundation Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners Community Outreach Events More Info About The Founders SPEAK UP foundation was created and formed by two families that both suffered a devastating loss due to mental illness ending in suicide.
Understanding mental illness and stigma
The most common mental illnesses among young people are anxiety disorders and depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
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Tips for loved ones
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a guide for parents and guardians. It includes information about what to do if your child shows symptoms of mental illness, where to turn for diagnosis and treatment, how to support your child and how to take care of yourself and your family.
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Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline at or select TrevorChat below to connect with a ...
How do I start a conversation with my teen?
Every parent would like to believe that suicide is not relevant to them or their family or friends. The unfortunate truth is that suicide can happen to any kid, in any family and at any time!
Here are some tips to start the talk, from The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.