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Mental health forum spurred by Newtown shooting set for Sept. 21

Kansas City is one of 10 main sites to host forums as part of Obama initiative

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | June 28, 2013

Organizers of a community-wide forum on mental health announced Thursday that the event will take place on Sept. 21 at a yet-to-be determined location.

Organizers expect to convene about 300 participants in the forum, which is part of the Obama administration’s mental health initiative launched in the wake of the school shooting last year in Newtown, Conn.

The mayors of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., are co-chairs of the event.

Emporia and Abilene are scheduled to hold smaller events as part of the national initiative within the coming months.

Kansas City is one of ten lead sites for community conversations about mental health, according to Consensus, the nonprofit coordinating the event.

Consensus said the community conversations have three main goals:

  • Get Americans talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities
  • Find innovative, community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people
  • Develop clear action steps for communities to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities

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