Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KCKCC to Host First Mental Health Resource Fair

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Division of Student Services at Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting all students as well as community members to the first Mental Health Resource Fair at the college.

The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in Lower Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave.

The Mental Health Resource Fair will have 20 organizations from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area such as Pathway to Hope, NAMI, Keeler Women’s Center, Mental Health of the Heartland and Alcoholics Anonymous, among others. Organizations will be giving away free resources to all attendees.

The goal of the resource fair is to build public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness.

In addition, organizers hope to inform people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other and to provide tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.

The holiday season is supposed to be a time full of joy, parties and gatherings with friends and families.

However, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,,the holidays can be a difficult time for many persons dealing with personal grief, loneliness, illnesses of all kinds, economic concerns, separation from family members and relationship issues like separation or divorce, not to mention the stress of homework, finals and work.

At the “Minds Matter” Mental Health Fair, students and community members can connect with local community resources that will educate and provide the help they need, whether it’s finding a compassionate ear, learning about a particular illness or learning more about healthy living.

For more information on the Mental Health Resource Fair, contact Andrica Wilcoxen, Outreach and Prevention Coordinator at KCKCC’s Student and Community Resource Center, at 913-288-7439 or by email at