How Do We Improve Youth Mental Health? | KCUR

How Do We Improve Youth Mental Health?

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For many of us, our teen and young adult years can be some of the hardest years of our lives. Just as dramatic physical and hormonal changes occur, so do questions about identity, belonging, autonomy and purpose.

For young people dealing with mental health issues ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia, it can be very difficult to know where to turn for help. In January, President Barack Obama called for a national conversation on mental health, with a focus on youth. Kansas City was chosen as one of ten cities to host a dialogued on the issue in a program called Creating Community Solutions.

On Thursday's KC Currents, we examined the issue of mental health with a focus on youth and young adults.  


  • Martin Maldonado, Child and Family Behavioral Health Unit, Truman Medical Centers, also teaches at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Denise Cross, CEO of Cornerstones of Care