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Kansas City, MO: Summit focuses on kids "overwhelmed with stress"

Sept 29, 2018, Kansas City (MO) Star: Lee’s Summit CARES helps youth struggling with depression Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 24 years, according to Centers for Disease Control. September is Suicide Awareness Month and Lee’s Summit CARES is dedicated to engaging more youth with their mental health and well-being to prevent suicide. It is incredibly important to know how to look for the signs of suicide, and we want our community to feel comfortable reaching out to someone in need and in navigating resources. Some middle and high school students feel very overwhelmed with stress and search for ways to manage their overly booked schedules and navigate their way through social media outlets. Students who do not get enough sleep, proper nutrition and exercise — on top of facing daily stress — can experience anxiety and depression. … But there is help for those who are struggling: 80 to 90 percent of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. …

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