Nick was 14-years-old when he first realized he was depressed. He was 22-years-old when he took his life. When a child enters the early stages of depression they might have no idea what is going on. They know something is not right, but they just don’t understand what it is. It could take years for them to realize they are depressed, or it could take just a few short days.
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.
Established in 2017, the Nick’s Voice Fund is dedicated to educating our community about the signs, treatment, and therapy related to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders effecting the mental health of our children. The goal of this fund is to create a dramatic effect on the suicide rates in the Kansas City area by passionately and compassionately providing resources to ensure healthy and fulfilling lives for our future generations.
Dollars raised by Fore the Kid's
Your contributions and proceeds will go to fund a pilot project between mental health experts at Children’s Mercy and the Blue Valley School district to develop a school-based approach to suicide prevention. It will involve social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists in the schools and accessible by telemedicine. We envision a multifaceted approach that combines education and access to mental health professionals with a single focus to prevent suicide. And this is just the beginning. We will learn from this pilot project so we can scale up these efforts and make a meaningful and sustained impact on this epidemic locally, regionally and beyond.
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.