LS CARES to hold community conversation on youth mental health

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Suicide prevention, awareness and related mental health issues are all at the forefront of discussion in our community and Lee’s Summit CARES is taking its role in the conversation seriously. On Nov. 1, Lee’s Summit CARES will sponsor a community conversation that will focus in on the topics of mental health and our youth and teens in Lee’s Summit. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov 1 in the Council Chambers of Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street.

The community conversation will feature six panelists, including two neurologists and suicide prevention advocates, two mental and behavioral health specialists, a family practitioner and a representative from the Lee’s Summit Police Department. The panel will discuss mental health and suicide prevention for young people and what it looks like in our community. The conversation will be opened up for question-and-answer time so audience members can be involved in this timely and important conversation. The event is geared towards parents and community members.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP to LSCares@rediscovermh.org.

In coming months, Lee’s Summit CARES will be organizing a Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee to analyze the needs of our community and adopt a suicide prevention program. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this program or donating to this cause can sign up by visiting the website LSCares.org.

Lee’s Summit CARES Director Rachel Segobia said this is a conversation that simply must happen in our community. “For more than 30 years, Lee’s Summit CARES has worked to create a healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of Lee’s Summit,” she said. “With suicide now the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, mental health and wellness is a vital piece of the conversation. This event is designed to answer the pressing questions and concerns that parents and community members are struggling with following the recent loss of young lives to suicide. However, it is only the first piece of a bigger conversation that Lee’s Summit CARES Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors will be addressing over the course of the next year. We have to begin to analyze what mental health looks like in our young people and how Lee’s Summit can implement a cohesive, community-wide mental wellness and suicide prevention program moving forward.”

ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT CARES: Lee’s Summit CARES is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character.

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