Suicide prevention, awareness and related mental health issues are all at the forefront of discussion right now in Lee’s Summit. And Lee’s Summit CARES is taking its role in the conversation seriously.
On Wednesday, 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. 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 Q&A 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.
LSC 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. 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,” Segobia said. “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 LSC's 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.”
Lee's Summit Town Hall hosts Nick Parker and Jason Norbury grabbed a few extra microphones and found a group of local experts to help us start to understand the issues of depression and it's prevalence in today's environment. We asked them to help us learn to better empathize and how to talk to our friends, families and loved ones about depression and suicide both in terms of prevention and in the aftermath of tragedy. And we asked them about where those in need can find the paths to resources and help. Click here to listen to the episode.