A Mental Health Consortium Serving Students in Lafayette County
Empowering Youths. Strengthening Families.

Brighter Futures is a mental health consortium serving students and their families in Lafayette County. The services we provide were developed to serve youth and families who may lack adequate assistance with:
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Mental health resources
  • Health insurance 
Our goal is to equip Lafayette County’s youth with healthy lifestyle tools designed to strengthen the family unit. The Brighter Futures Consortium includes all six Lafayette County public school districts.

To learn more about our services, contact us at 660.259.4391 ext. 227.

The Brighter Futures Consortium was made possible through a generous grant from the Lafayette County Children’s Services Fund. Funding for Brighter Families was provided in whole by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
October is Mental Illness Month
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is October 5 through 11. All around the country, NAMI members and others are sponsoring local activities to raise public awareness about mental illness. They are asking people to "Go Green," the symbolic color of hope and renewal, representing NAMI's vision of resiliency, recovery and wellness in working to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. "Going green" can be as simple as wearing a green ribbon or green shoelaces or as ambitious as arranging for landmark building to be illuminated in green light at night. No matter how we bring attention to mental health concerns, the goal is to spark greater public dialogue.
This year, MIAW comes one month before Election Day, November 4, and candidates for public office in particular should be talking about mental health care. They should at least learn the facts necessary to inform their decisions if they are elected.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It strikes Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike. During MIAW, everyone should make a point of looking at candidate website and pamphlets to see what they have to say about strengthening and expanding mental health care. Many people are still shocked to learn that one in four adults experience a mental health problem ever year. One in five children and teens also live with mental illness. One-half of these cases begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24.
Unfortunately, there are long delays -- sometimes decades -- between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help. Early identification and treatment can make the difference for successful management of an illness and recovery, but only one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with mental illness receive treatment. Help raise concern, Get people thinking and talking. Whether a candidate is running for Congress or a county board, they need to see and hear that people in their communities care about mental health care.                                


                                 
                           
   Funding for Brighter Futures projects are provided in part by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The Brighter Futures Consortium is supported by a generous grant from the Lafayette County Children's Service Fund. 
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Brighter Futures Mental Health Consortium
2309 Aull Lane/Lexington, MO/64067
660.259.4391, ext. 227