Meeting the Growing Mental Health Needs of Kansas City
Meeting the Growing Mental Health Needs of Kansas City

Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Awards The Family Conservancy $100K.

Kansas City Metro — The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has awarded The Family Conservancy (TFC) $100,000 to provide mental health services to vulnerable adults and children in the Kansas City community who have experienced Trauma.

“For several years, we have seen a steady increase in mental health services utilized by individuals, both children and adults, who have experienced trauma. This investment from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will help build strong and healthy families by providing support to individuals who have experienced trauma, to help them overcome their challenges,” commented President and CEO of The Family Conservancy Dean Olson.

Trauma impacts victims of ordinary events such as traffic accidents, falls, illnesses, sudden losses and abuse as well as extraordinary events such as natural disasters, violence and war (traumainstitute.org 2016). According to the PTSD Alliance, 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Eighty percent of the individuals and families that receive TFC mental health services have experienced a traumatic event. In addition to providing mental health counseling for these individuals and families, funding from HCF will increase the number of TFC staff trained to administer a powerful therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) — a treatment TFC clinicians have found extremely effective in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress disorder and many other problems.