#ZeroReasonsWhy Receives USC Award

#ZeroReasonsWhy Receives USC Award
Posted on 12/12/2019
Teen council members with Superintendents at USC meeting

On December 10, 2019, the United Community Services of Johnson County awarded the #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign with the Excellence in Community Service Award. Superintendents and Teen Council members from the six Johnson County School districts were honored during this event.

The 2019 Excellence in Community Service Award goes to the local teen suicide prevention campaign #ZeroReasonsWhy, and its primary campaign leadership partners. Together, they are disrupting the rise in teen suicides and advancing the conversation around the “mental health continuum of care” in our community. A story campaign and community mobilization effort, #ZeroReasonsWhy is led by teens who are telling their stories and taking action. What was started in Johnson County by the Superintendent-led Mental Health Convening Group, is now increasingly supported by teens, parents, and organizations across the Kansas City region. #ZeroReasonsWhy works to address the social and emotional well-being of teens, and mobilize teen, parent, educator and practitioner stories around a community standard of care and prevention. Empowering community members to take action toward change, the campaign organizes, facilitates, and supports teens, parents, educators, and practitioners in implementing action plans, programs, events, and collaborative outreach efforts. The teens have developed a strategic plan and three pillars: Remove the Stigma, Build Community Support, and Commit to Education. They are bringing them to life with the campaign’s Implementation and Deployment teams, including leadership, staff and volunteers of Johnson County Mental Health Center, the six Johnson County school districts, numerous health care providers, law enforcement, faith community members, and civic leaders. The teens say this is the movement of their time: making mental health equal to physical health. They emphasize everyone should get involved now. Excerpt taken from the 2019 United Community Services of Johnson County Annual Meeting program.

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