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Preventing Teen Suicide

Suicide rates among teenagers are higher than the national average in both Kansas and Missouri, according to the Center for Disease Control. This issue was named a "public health crisis" by Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, and while the statistics are only part of the story, the problem seems to be getting worse. 

Brian Ellison hosts a panelled discussion with experts from around the country to address this. KCUR in partnership with American Public Square brings you Lifelines: Preventing Teen Suicide. 

  • Brian Ellison, Host, moderator
  • Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, Research Scientist and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Sean Joe, Professor of Social Development, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Kim Shaw Ellis, Diversity Officer, LGBTQ Liaison Officer, Kansas City Police Department
  • Dr. Todd White, Superintendent Blue Valley Schools 
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.