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Better Kansas City: Open the conversation surrounding suicide

September 10, 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. 

Suicide is currently the second-leading cause of death in children ages 10-14 and rates among youths in the United States are the highest they have been since 2000.

Amanda Davis, Director of Intake Services at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Crittenton Children's Center, shared how to open the conversation with teens and children, as well as what stressors can trigger harmful thoughts with Better Kansas City.  

Watch the full interview below.

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According to the CDC, the suicide rate in Kansas is up 45% since 1999. In Missouri, they’re up 37%.

Celebrate Life - Smithville Suicide Prevention Week
Celebrate Life's scheduled events, and activities will focus on starting the conversation with each other about suicide, reducing the stigma of mental illness, hearing testimonials, and providing some training for the community on how to respond to people in need.