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Project Awareness: Break the Stigma

Project Awareness: Break the Stigma

November 4, 2017

On Oct. 7, 2017, the Lee’s Summit Tribune published “Suicide Is A Symptom,” by guest columnist Steven M. Arkin. Arkin is a neurologist and is also the father of a suicide victim. The article reached more than 45,000 Facebook users and was shared more than 500 times. 
A meaningful conversation began because of our social media engagement, and we then reached out to our followers about interest in a community discussion on mental health and suicide awareness. 

After receiving a high volume of feedback, the Tribune has organized a mental health round table forum for Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

The topics and questions we cover are in response to the input we received from readers and followers, and we chose our speakers based on whom they wanted to hear from. 

We’ll have health care professionals, mental health experts, community members, advocates and survivors at the forum who can share their own personal experience and struggles. 

The event will be held at the American Legion Post 189, 820 SW Vista Drive, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086.

Literature will be provided on the subject matter, along with take-home content.

Refreshments and Summit Hickory Pit BBQ Appetizers will be available at the gathering.

The following will be keynote speakers for the event.

Steven M. Arkin, MD, is a staff neurologist at St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City, Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. He is also an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a mental health and suicide prevention advocate, and a founding member of Speak Up Foundation. More information on Speak Up can be found at www.speakup.us.

Karen Arkin, MD, is a staff Neurologist at Saint Luke’s Health System, assistant professor at the UMKC School of Medicine and a mental health and suicide prevention activist.

Wendy Hayworth is a Missouri Press Award-winning reporter for the Tribune. She graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 2014 and is now studying Psychology at the University of Central Missouri. She is a speaker for Speak Up Foundation.

A representative from U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) will be in attendance to share details about H.R. 3552 – Cady Housh and Jason Flatt Teen Suicide Prevention Act.

Lee's Summit Police Department CIT Officer

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will present on gun safety.

Roger Smith is the Director of Physician Provider Relations Behavioral Health at Research Psychiatric Center.

Susan Estes, BA, is Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Initiatives. Estes works with young people to educate them about mental wellness and suicide prevention while giving them tools and resources to get help for others or themselves. She is also a certified yoga instructor. 

Jean Tadokoro, MSW, LCSW, has worked in different capacities in mental heath over the last several years. She currently works at both New Directions as a Clinical Case Manager, and at KeyPoint Counseling as a Therapist. 

Kyoshi Linda Hanson owns Tamashii Black Belt Academy – Bullying Martial Arts and Life Skills. She works with others on goal setting, courtesy, honor, and leadership. She has 40 years of Martial Arts experience and has researched bullying extensively.

Tracee Cobb is the Area Director for Lee’s Summit Young Life.

Talk. Speak up. Listen. Learn.

Join the community on Monday, Nov. 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the Lee’s Summit American Legion Post 189, 820 SW Vista Drive, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086.

For more information on the event, send and email to editor@lstribune.net.

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