Annual Mental Health KC Conference

2021 Conference

The Mental Health KC Conference focuses on bringing mental health awareness to Kansas City area businesses, professionals and citizens. Coordinated by the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers (“Metro Council”) this annual event features dozens of speakers on multiple topics related to behavioral health.

The Mental Health KC conference presents information vital to a variety of individuals in our community:
  • business managers and their employees
  • community health workers
  • educators and school counselors
  • first responders
  • health and social services providers
  • human resources professionals
  • nonprofit managers
  • parents

Our keynote speakers for this year’s conference are Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Bruce Franks, Jr.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades.

Bruce Franks, Jr

Bruce Franks, Jr.

Bruce Franks, Jr. is a battle rapper, activist and former Missouri State Representative whose story is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “St. Louis Superman.” He has proven to be a voice for the mistreated, disenfranchised citizens of Missouri and has dedicated his life to public service working to eliminate oppression through mentorship, social activism and political bipartisanship. Bruce Franks preaches for action, to liberate the oppressed. He speaks not only to inform but to inspire and encourage the youth of our nation.

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