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Kansas City to host mental health conference

Updated: 2013-06-03T19:20:35Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City will be one of 10 communities holding conferences on mental health issues later this summer, the White House announced Monday.

More than 300 people are expected to take part in the local discussion. Mayors Sly James and Mark Holland are helping to organize the meeting, along with Consensus, a local group that has raised more than $100,000 for the conference.

The group will examine solutions to mental health problems, and develop “clear action steps” to improve mental health treatment.

“There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love,” President Barack Obama said Monday. “We’ve got to get rid of that embarrassment. We’ve got to get rid of that stigma.”

The conference will be held in late summer, at a location to be determined.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send email to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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