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Unparceled Land; Teen Suicide

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Perfectionism, bullying, depression and social media are a few of the stressors teens constantly face in today's society. As the number of teen suicides in Kansas City reach record levels, we speak with school councilors and health experts to learn why rates are climbing in the metro and how to help prevent suicides.

But first, a discussion on undeveloped land in suburban areas. What happens when the desire to turn unused land into roads and schools collides with the desire to keep things natural?


  • Hank Stelzer, forestry specialist, University of Missouri Extension
  • Steve Arkin, co-founder, SpeakUp.Us
  • Mara Rose Williams, education reporter, The Kansas City Star
  • Molly Ticknor​, mental health services director, Kansas City Public Schools
  • Edward Scott, social worker, Kansas City Public Schools

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available toll free, 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255.

Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.
Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.