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KYC’s Response to the Events in Florida

Dear Friends of KYC,

It’s been almost 19 years since the world was rocked by the massacre at Columbine High. Since then, hundreds of people have lost their lives to gun violence in schools. The news is filled with heartache, anger, and fear. As the mother of two teenagers, I struggle to find the words to express my deepest sorrow for the 17 families grieving in Florida today. My thoughts and prayers are with each of them.

In the days to come, conversations about mental illness will continue. One in five Americans lives with mental illness: this fact must remain at the center of our conversations. Mental illness is not synonymous with violence. Therapy and treatment, like the evidence-based work done at Kenneth Young Center, helps people to live up to their full potential, as with any other illness.

If you or someone you know needs help, we are a resource for children, youth, adults, and families. Call us: 847.524.8800. If you are concerned about someone’s health and safety, call us: 847.524.8800. If you don’t know who else to call, call us: 847.524.8800. We are here to support our community and find ways to ensure the health and safety of our neighbors and friends.

As our country heals and looks to find ways to prevent the unthinkable tragedy that has plagued too many schools, movie theaters, malls, churches, and streets, together we must invest in mental health services.

Channel your frustration, fear, and sorrow over yesterday’s tragedy into positive action. Support local, state, and federal government efforts to increase funding for mental health services. Be involved at KYC, your local schools, and community groups. Partner with us to become informed on the signs of mental illness and remain open about how it touches our lives. We can break the stigma. We can change the future of this country. We can protect our communities. Let’s do this together.

With hope,

Susan E. Cowen
President and Chief Executive Officer
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