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Tri-County CEO Tom Petrizzo (left) recently joined Dr. William Stadler of Cerner Corp. to promote the May 4 Mental Health KC 2017 Conference. The video and more information are available here.

Tri-County Helps Lead KC Conference Effort

Tri-County Mental Health Services CEO Tom Petrizzo recently appeared on Fox 4 News at 9 to promote mental wellness and the upcoming Mental Health KC 2017 Conference.

Along with Dr. William Stadler, director of Behavioral Health for Cerner Corp., Petrizzo talked about the widespread need for mental wellness efforts that can help people in their homes and at work.

“Mental health is such a common issue,” Petrizzo said. “The Surgeon General indicates that one in four Americans will have a mental health problem that needs treatment in any given year, yet only about one-third of those people will get treatment. It doesn’t matter what your background may be. It affects everybody.”

Petrizzo and Dr. Stadler spoke with Anchors Kim Byrnes and Nick Vasos on the morning news program April 25. Their dialogue addressed widespread mental health needs and the Mental Health KC 2017 Conference, to be held May 4 at Cerner’s world headquarters in North Kansas City. Dr. Stadler noted Cerner’s efforts emphasize empowering employees.

“We’re trying to give them support, so they can have resources to address mental health concerns that they might have,” he said. “We’re also working to give them some coping tools within their employee benefits packages so that they can address some of the issues that they may have with stress and anxiety.”

Petrizzo noted that, while mental illness is surprisingly widespread, help is available. He suggested that a good first step for many is to contact a primary care physician. “That’s an easy first step and maybe they can make some suggestions,” he said. “That’s a good step that’s not threatening or scary.” Other options include contacting Tri-County or other organizations that comprise the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

The conference is designed to help employers gain information they can use in their workplace. Among the speakers is Tri-County Director of Assessment and Youth CPRP Services Jamie Wehmeyer. The leader of Tri County’s Trauma Informed Care team, Wehmeyer will address "How to Become a Trauma Informed Agency."

The video and complete article are available here.

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