Kids in Crisis KC Responds

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.

Premieres 7 p.m. October 1


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741

Text from anywhere to be connected with a crisis counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's crisis counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.
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About the Show

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

Presenting Sponsors

Health Forward Foundation
Johnson County KS Mental Health

Additional support provided by:

Robert & Marlese Gourley

Local Resources

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.

Jackson County
Mental illness affects over 30,000 Jackson County citizens of every age, race, religion and income. Check out the help that's available.

Wyandotte County
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.

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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.

Local organizations working to prevent teen suicide

Campaign Purpose - #ZeroReasonsWhy

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:

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.

Home Page - Speak Up

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.

Speak Up was created and formed by two local families who lost their children to suicide.

Additional Resources

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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Warning Signs

Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs.

Stress relief and coping tools

Coping with mental health challenges is about more than finding treatment. It’s also important to learn healthy ways to manage on a daily basis.

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Peer support

As much as parents, teachers and other adults want to support students, they don’t always realize when a young person’s mental health is worsening. Peers are often the first to notice red flags.

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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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LGBTQ considerations

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens in Kansas City. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, LGBTQ youth are five times more likely to attempt suicide.

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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.

Get Help Now - The Trevor Project

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.