Johnson County health officials want parents to get ahead of teen suicide issue

Kara Marxer
May 18, 2017 - 6:39 am

In a continuation of the KMBZ Cover Story on suicide, a panel discussion will be held to help parents address the issues their children have been exposed to in the Netflix show, "13 Reasons Why."

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to help parents find a way to talk intelligently about the issue of suicide with their children.

"That's a scary conversation," said Shana Burgess, director of prevention with the Johnson County Mental Health Center. "That's something a lot of people don't feel comfortable about -- they don't feel confident speaking about it."

The panel plans to inform people about community resources and offer them concrete steps they can take if they think someone is suicidal. 

The "13 Reasons Why" panel will be held from 6:00 until 7:30 Thursday evening at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park.

The National Suicide Lifeline is  1-800-273-TALK.

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