© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Kansas City symposium will focus on community trauma and building resilience

Two women sit  inside a radio studio at microphones. the woman at left is talking and gesturing with both hands.
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Andrea Dalton. left, Dr. Marvia Jones, visit Up To Date on Oct. 12, 2023 to talk about how trauma can affect one person or a collective group of people.

Communities can experience collective trauma from natural disasters, violence or systemic oppression, affecting not just mental health but also generational health and wealth. Kansas City is hosting its fall mental health symposium on community trauma featuring experts and leaders from around the metro.

The COVID-19 pandemic, a tornado, historic redlining and Kansas City's ongoing gun violence issues are all examples of events that can cause community trauma.

Also known as collective trauma, a traumatic group experience can affect mental health and have broader socioeconomic consequences such as intergenerational poverty or lack of equitable access to services.

At the Mental Health KC Fall Symposium 2023, mental health experts and local leaders will discuss the impacts of community trauma and how to build resilience.

"How do you ensure that the experience of folks, wherever they show up in our community, does not exacerbate what they're already going through," said Kansas City public health director Dr. Marvia Jones,a keynote speaker for the symposium.

Mental Health KC Fall Symposium 2023, 9 a.m.—12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas 64212. Register here.

Stay Connected
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As a producer for Up To Date, my goal is to inform our audience by curating interesting and important conversations with reliable sources and individuals directly affected by a topic or issue. I strive for our program to be a place that hosts impactful conversations, providing our audience with greater knowledge, intrigue, compassion and entertainment. Contact me at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz.
KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.