Nick struggled for years and the help he received never quite seemed enough. “Nick’s Voice” was created to not only fund the behavioral health sciences department at Children’s Mercy, but it was also created to promote awareness and educate the Kansas City community about the seriousness and signs that come along with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders BEFORE it is too late.
For years the topic of suicide and depression for school-aged children has been so taboo and terrifying to talk about, but the fact of the matter is, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for anyone between the ages of 10-24.
The Devastating Truth about Suicide:
- More teenagers die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
- 1 in 5 children and adolescents in our community will need to be evaluated for ADHD, depression, anxiety or other behavioral health diagnosis
- 15.04% of students have admitting to actually making a plan about how they are going to take their own life in 2016.
Dollars raised by Fore the Kid's
This year our goal is to create the “Nick’s Voice” fund that brings a much-needed psychiatrist to Children’s Mercy that specializes in depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. The goal is to provide services to school-aged children that are seen as at risk for suicide. We hope to create a dramatic effect on the suicide rates in the Kansas City area for young people.
The Fore the Kids foundation is a proud supporter of Children’s Mercy, raising money to provide various services and treatment advances to help bring smiles to children’s faces at a time when they are hard to find…but so incredibly important.