The issues surrounding mental health and well-being in our modern world and in our unique community are complex. Further complicating these issues is the fact that discussion of mental health is often considered taboo.
Mental health is important to the overall health of our community, BUT if we can’t openly talk about the issues that affect our well-being, how can we hope to adequately support the needs of our community, particularly in a time of crisis?
Join American Public Square at Jewell for a three-part virtual series this summer, From Resistance to Resilience: The Mental Health of KC Residents, where we will explore the root causes of mental illness in our community and how we can find ways to meaningfully address them.
We will bring together leading experts and practitioners, and KC residents invested in the health and well-being of our community to explore mental health through three distinct lenses:
Socioeconomics and Trauma
Trauma: The Invisible Injury – Traumatic events are experienced across all classes of people, but does socioeconomic status change the impact of the experience? Is living in poverty traumatic in and of itself, and how does poverty contribute to individual and/or collective trauma? Join American Public Square as we explore the relationship between socioeconomic status and trauma responses.
- Dr. Dennis Carpenter – CEO | President at Aspirational Insights Consulting
- Qiana Thomason – President/CEO of Health Forward Foundation
- Denise Long, MS – Director of Organizational Development and Applied Research at Alive and Well
- Danielle S. Jackson, MD, MPH – Resident Physician in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
- Moderator – Jana Calkins – Assistant News Director Fox 4 News