The MidCity Excellence Learning Center received a grant from Mosaic Community Connect to provide an educational seminar on suicide prevention. The two-day worship used several hands on activities to teach the warning signs of suicide and teach attendees how to identify self-harming behaviors in people of all ages.
MidCity founder Kimberly Warren said Saturday’s workshop was used to emphasize the importance of mental health awareness in the community.
“We do CPR training we do first aid training if someone cuts themselves or has a heart attack or needs the Heimlich maneuver done. But we rarely talk about suicide and emotional behavioral health. How we prevent suicides and how we intervene,” Warren said.
Warren said improving access to mental health resources is vital for minority groups in the community.
“It’s critical in our community as we see a rise in especially populations of poverty, populations of people of color, you rarely see people spend the money that it takes to go and talk to someone,” Warren said.
According to Warren the center has served 150 people in the community since receiving the grant in September,
“We will sign them up as resources are here throughout the next year. We will hopefully get them a one-on-one session. There are also many support groups, if they’re not ready for that one-on-one session and there are many creative art therapy sessions they can come to as well,” Warren said.
The Community Connect grant gives the center the resources to provide several forms of counseling including grief counseling, substance abuse counseling and access to a therapist. To schedule an appointment contact Kimberly Warren at 816-273-5450.