Local High School Student Helps Organize Mental Health Outreach Event


Looking for help? Contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Community Partnership of the Ozarks is hosting a free event tonight raising mental health and suicide awareness.

Kevin Hines will be the keynote speaker for Hope Hurts Less.

Kevin is a suicide survivor and one of just 36 individuals alive today after trying to end their life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Connor Marler is a junior at Springfield Catholic High School and helped organize the event with CPO as a part of his Eagle Scout capstone. He hopes that this outreach spans generations, and that maybe just one person will find the hope to live another day.

“This has been something that people have tried not to talk about because of the taboo and touchiness of the subject, but it’s a pretty interwoven in the teenage life of anxiety, depression, and family struggles,” Connor explained.

if you are looking for immediate help, you can contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

The event will begin at 6pm at the Springfield Art Museum.

For more information about the event, click here.

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