Those who suffer from depression often feel as if they are alone and have no one to turn to. That is never the case. The following organizations are dedicated to providing resources for those living with depression:
|Anxiety and Depression Association of America||This organization is dedicated to promoting the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depression and related disorders. Its site offers insight into understanding depressive mental illnesses, provides links for those seeking help and identifies mobile apps designed to help people living with depressive illnesses.|
|National Institute of Mental Health||A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIMH works to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and a cure. NIMH offers a wealth of information on pinpointing signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, resources for seeking help and opportunities to participate in clinical trials to further research.|
This online resource for college students seeking mental health wellness provides a wealth of information, such as tips on helping friends in crisis and ideas on developing good wellness habits.
|University of Michigan Depression Center||This site offers resources with a common purpose; to understand, diagnose, treat, and eventually prevent depression.|
Each campus has developed a process to prevent illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The programs include distributing informational materials, educational programs, referrals and college disciplinary actions.
Students with alcohol or drug-related problems are encouraged to contact the campus counseling office for referrals to private and community agencies. Employees with alcohol or drug-related problems are encouraged to contact the human resource office for information and referral to the district employee assistance program.
|Alcoholics Anonymous||If you are concerned with a drinking problem, wish to learn more or want to find A.A. near you|
|Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services||800.662.4357|
|First Call||9091 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 641114
|Heartland Center for Behavioral Change||103 North Main, Suite 102
Independence, MO 64050
|3923 South Lynn Court
Independence, MO 64055
|816.836.2220||Provides supervised probation services, SATOP, alcohol and drug education and counseling.|
|Narcotics Anonymous||Offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.|
|Recovery programs in the Kansas City area||Top recovery centers' reviews and ratings in Kansas City.|
- Journey of HeartsGrief Speaks
- David V. Baldwin, Ph.D.
- Grief and the Family
- Grief & Suicide
- Explaining Suicide to Children
- United in Courage & Grief
- Red Cross. When Bad Things Happen
- Grief Reactions Associated with Accidental or Traumatic Death
- Reactions to Sudden or Traumatic Loss
Adapted from What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide for the First Days of Traumatic Loss by Bill Jenkins and Grief Speaks and Journey of Hearts; Graphic from SideOut Foundation.
- Center for Loss & Life Transition: The site features a comprehensive collection of articles and book excerpts focused on grief.
- The Children's Room: The Children's Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.
- Grief Recovery Method: The site of the Grief Recovery Institute, the action program for moving beyond loss. This site is beneficial for assisting others who are coping with loss.
- Grief Center (Griefnet): An online community comprising of people coping with grief, death, and significant loss and offers online support groups.
- GriefShare: A site that helps you find local support groups and provides some online support in videos.
- Hold the Door for Others: A site originated by individuals who lost family members suddenly, it provides a comprehensive workbook on living with and growing from experiences of loss and adversity.
- Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness and Understanding: A guidebook for grief awareness and understanding.
- Motherless Daughters: This site provides resources for women who have lost a mother through death.
- Open to Hope: The Open to Hope Foundation is an online resource center for individuals who have experienced loss.
- "Recover-from-grief.com": A comprehensive site that includes grief coping strategies for a wide variety of losses.
- Caplan, S. and Lang, G. (1995). Grief's courageous journey: A workbook.
- Churn, A. (2003). The end is just the beginning: Lessons in grieving for African-Americans.
- Didion, J. (2005). The year of magical thinking.
- Edelman, H. (1995). Motherless daughters: The legacy of loss.
- Fine, C. (1999). No time to say goodbye: Surviving the suicide of a loved one.
- Gilbert, A. & Baker, C.K. (2006). Always too soon: Voices of support for those who have lost both parents.
- Golden, T. (2000). Swallowed by a Snake: The gift of the masculine side of healing.
- Greene, P. (2003). It must have been moonglow: Reflections on the first years of widowhood.
- Hambrook, D. & Eisenberg, E. (1997). A mother loss workbook: Healing exercises for daughters.
- Harris, M. (1995). The loss that is forever: The lifelong impact of the early death of a mother or father.
- Hooks, B. (1993). Sisters of the yam: Black women and self-recovery.
- James, J., & Cherry, F. (1998). The grief recovery handbook: The action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses.
- Johnson, C. J., & McGee, M. G. (Eds.). (1991). How different religions view death and the afterlife.
- Kubler-Ross, E. & Kessler, D. (2007). On grief and grieving: finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss.
- Kushner, H.S. (1981). When bad things happen to good people.
- Lewis, C. S. (2001). A grief observed. (memoir)
- Oates, J.C. (2011). A widow's story: A memoir.
- Rupp, J. (1988). Praying our goodbyes: Understanding the spirituality of change in our lives.
- Smolin, A. & J. Guinan (1993). Healing after the suicide of a loved one.
- Staudacher, C. (1992). Men & grief.
- Stepanchuk, C., & Wong, C. (1991). Mooncakes and hungry ghosts: Festivals of China.
- Viorst, J. (1986). Necessary losses: The loves, illusions, dependencies, and impossible expectations all have to give up to grow.
- Dearly Loved: Dealing with the Death of a Parent (13 minutes). In this documentary, three young adults of different cultures discuss a parent's death. Each person is at another part of the grieving process. Available from Fanlight Productions.
- A Family Disrupted: Dealing with the Death of a Sibling (22 minutes). Three individuals share their experiences of how they and their loved ones have grieved and mourned. They particularly emphasize dealing with friends and family members whose grieving and mourning differ from their own. Available from Fanlight Productions.
- Grief in America (57 minutes). Seven people from diverse cultural backgrounds discuss their grief and mourning process, integrating ethnic customs for coping with their losses. As well, experts on grieving and mourning discuss coping strategies. Available from Fanlight Productions.
- Phantom Limb (28 minutes). Concerns about the death of the filmmaker's seven-year-old brother. The film is loosely structured according to stages of grief and emphasizes a philosophical view of death. Available on Jay Rosenblatt Films.
- Uncoupled: Dealing with the Death of a Spouse (24 minutes). Four grieving spouses explore helpful and unhelpful coping mechanisms following their loss. Available from Fanlight Productions.
|The Alzheimer's Association
24/7: 800.272.3900 TDD: 866.403.3073
|Alzheimer's||24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance.
|Cancer||National online community of and for cancer survivors|
|Bloch Cancer Hot Line
|Cancer||An R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation program for people with cancer and their families.|
A national non-profit dedicated to improving and protecting one's health after breast cancer.
|Cancer Action, Inc.||Cancer||A community-based non-profit agency, offers a comprehensive array of programs and services addressing the physical, social, emotional, financial and spiritual needs of people with cancer, their family and friends.|
|Gilda's Club Kansas City||Cancer||A comprehensive and professional program of emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit of people whose lives are impacted by cancer that is free to members.|
|Kansas City Hope Lodge||Cancer||A program of the American Cancer Society, providing free temporary lodging for cancer patients and their families traveling at least 35 miles one way for medical treatment.|
|Cancer||A lung cancer advocacy community, providing programs and driving change for those with lung cancer.|
|Cancer||A free audio program designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers develop practical skills to deal with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and challenges.|
|Cancer||Patients with severe or chronic illnesses now have even more services and programs that address the psychological, social, emotional and physical needs that accompany their illness.|
|HIV/AIDS||Multicultural alcohol, drug treatment center. Brothers and sisters of all colors against AIDS|
|HIV/AIDS||AIDS Counseling and help for the greater Kansas City area. Advocacy and referral.|
|Thrive Health Connection||HIV/AIDS||Provides advocacy, care and education to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted|
|HARC Mart (Heartland AIDS Resource Council)||HIV/AIDS||A free case management program for people living with HIV/AIDS and the organization provides food and other essentials.|
|Hope Care Center||HIV/AIDS||16-bed, non-profit, skilled nursing facility for persons with HIV/AIDS.|
|KC HIV Social Group||HIV/AIDS||provides a safe casual environment for individuals affected by HIV. Members meet to converse, socialize and attend events to form friendships, relationships, camaraderie without the concern of being "outed" or judged.|
|SAVE, Inc||HIV/AIDS||Kansas City's AIDS housing organization|
Coping with job loss and unemployment
- Surviving Tough Times: Accepting Your Feelings - Guide to recognizing strong feelings triggered by job loss and unemployment and dealing with them positively. (The University of Georgia)
Tips for staying positive and focused during your job search
- How to Survive a Layoff - Offers a ten-step to-do list for surviving a layoff. Includes tips for staying calm, finding support and assessing your career goals. (The Washington Post)
- The Laid Off Can Do Well Doing Good - Learn about the benefits of volunteer jobs for career development, emotional well-being and networking. (The Wall Street Journal)
MCC is committed to fostering healthy relationships within our student community. We've provided several factsheets and websites below to provide you with tools and guidance to help you build and maintain healthy relationships.
- Healthy Relationships - A relationship should be a source of joy, support and friendship and should not cause anxiety, insecurity or isolation. This Information will help you understand the foundations of healthy relationships and recognize the signs of unhealthy ones.
- Communication - One of the keys to a healthy relationship is maintaining good communication. These tips and guidelines will help facilitate communication between you and your partner.
- Fighting Fair and Conflict - Even the healthiest of relationships will experience conflict at times. As this factsheet explains in greater detail, conflict can strengthen a relationship as long as it is resolved constructively with respect for both partners.
- Healthy Boundaries - Boundaries are a critical part of a healthy relationship. Having clear emotional, physical and sexual boundaries creates an atmosphere of respect and understanding. As you build and maintain boundaries in your relationship, consider the Information on this fact sheet.
- Dating Bill of Rights - In every dating relationship, each partner should respect - and expect- certain rights. Here is a list of non-negotiable standards that we recommend that you and your partner consider agreeing to as you build a healthy relationship.
- Consent and Relationships
- Verbal Signs of Consent
|Joyce Williams Center||Wyandotte County||Hotline: 913.321.0951|
|Safehome||Emergency Shelter||Johnson County||Hotline: 913.262.2868|
|NEWHOUSE||Emergency Shelter||Northeast Kansas City||Hotline: 816.241.0311|
|Hope House, Inc.||Emergency Shelter||(MCC-Longview and MCC-Blue River)
Eastern Jackson County
|Rose Brooks Center||Emergency Shelter||(MCC-Penn Valley)
South Kansas City
|Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)||Housing||913.551.6857||
|Save Inc.||Housing||3000 Harrison St.
Kansas City, MO 64109
|Catholic Charities||Housing||850 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
|Metro Lutheran Ministry||Housing||3031 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64109
|918 E. 9th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
|Community Services League||Housing||404 N Noland Road
Independence, MO 64050
|Community Linc||Housing||4012-14 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
|Cross-Lines Community Outreach||Housing||736 Shawnee Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66105
|West Central Missouri Community Action Agency||Housing||660.476.2185
Cass County: 816.322.0502
|OpenDataKC shelter bed availability dashboard||Shelters||Participating shelters provide updated information on current bed availability in different categories at noon each day.|
Emergency shelter referral: Dial 211
Shelter hotline: 816.474.4599
|City resources and support for housing, including a shelter contact card.|
|City Union Mission||Shelters||1108 E. 10th Street
Kansas City, MO (men only)
|City Union Mission Family Center||Shelters||816.474.9380 ext. 1460|
|Cherith Brook Catholic Charity House||
|3308 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
|Hope Faith Ministries||
|705 Virginia Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64106
|KC Rescue Mission||
|1520 Cherry Street|
Kansas City, MO 64108
|Cross-Lines Community Outreach||
|736 Shawnee Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66105
|Swope Health Services||
|3801 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
|City Union Mission Family Center||
|1310 Wabash Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
|816.474.9380 ext. 1460|
|Frank Williams Resource Center||
|1201 N. 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
|True Light Ministries||
|816.381.9310 (women only)|
|Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom||Eviction||816.278.1344|
|ReDiscover||Transitional||816.966.0900||Offers life skill training in a supervised apartment setting for the young adult, age 18 to 24, who has a mental illness, lacks a place to live and requires adequate financial and social support to make a successful transition to becoming a responsible, independent adult.|
|400 East 6th Street
Parkville, MO 64152
|816.505.4814||Supports youth metro-wide in achieving self-sufficiency and realizing personal goals.
In doing so, we provide:
|Ozanam||Transitional||421 E. 137th St.
Kansas City, MO 64145
|816.508.3600||Serves males and females, ages 16 to 23, who are homeless or in the custody of the state of either Kansas or Missouri.|
|Stepping Stone||Transitional||5100 Noland Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64133
|Hillcrest Transitional Housing - Independence||Transitional||401 N. Spring Street
Independence, MO 64051
|816.461.0468||Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment.|
|Hillcrest Transitional Housing-Lee's Summit||Transitional||503-B SW Mission Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
|816.600.2681||Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment.|
|The Community of the Good Shepherd||Group Home||10101 James A Reed of Road
Kansas City, MO
|The Center for the Developmentally Disabled||Group Home||1010 W 39th St.
|Concerned Care||Group Home||320 Armour Rd
North Kansas City, MO 64116
|Special Neighbors Inc||Group Home||3675 S Noland Rd # 110
Independence, MO 64055
|Rockhill Manor||Group Home||4235 Locust St
Kansas City, MO 64110
|Comprehensive Mental Health||10901 Winner Road
Independence, MO 64052
|ReDiscover||901 NE Independence
Lee's Summit,MO 64086
|Swope Health Services||3801 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
|Tri-County Mental Health||3100 NE 83rd Street
Kansas City,MO 64119
|Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health||2211 Charlotte Street
Kansas City,MO 64108
|Wyandot Center||7840 Washington Ave.
Kansas City,KS 66112
|Mental Health America of the Heartland||739 Washington Ave.
Kansas City,KS 66101
Mental wellness apps
- Jim McGraw relaxation (mp3)
- Soothing Relaxation- For sleep, relaxation, meditation - Approx. 3 hours. It also includes beautiful nature images.
- Morning Relaxing Music- Positive feelings and energy - Approx. 3 hours. It also includes birdsong and still nature images.
- Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health has a series of instructional videos for breathing exercises.
- Consider using some of the apps found on healthline.com
- Free Depression Screening from Mental Health America
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Crisis Chat
- Crisis Text Line
- Encourage HOPE & HELP
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Veterans Crisis Line
Suppose you have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct. In that case, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of MCC resources and file an official report with both the college and the police.
Below is a list of resources available to you to seek support.
MCC offers free counseling and Information to students who have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct. This information will be treated privately but reported to the student's Title IX coordinator.
If a student wants complete confidentiality, the student should seek outside help. If you need help and do not speak English as your first language, you can request an interpreter from Jewish Vocational Services.
The Counseling Offices at each campus will see you without an appointment if you have an emergency.
If you choose to report an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you may register a Code of Student Conduct complaint with the MCC Police Department. This is a separate process from filing a criminal complaint with law enforcement.
MCC's Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all sexual or interpersonal misconduct complaints and will provide Information about the grievance process and resources that the college can offer and is also the point of contact in the case of retaliation against any reporting party.
Law enforcement officials will assist you in filing an official complaint and recording statements for a criminal case. Visit the KCMO Website for more information.
- Mattie Rhodes - 1740 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, 816.581.5607
- Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) - 816.531.0233
- Missouri Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence - 573.634.4161 or 800.666.1911
- Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence - 888-END-ABUSE
- Hope House - 816.468.5463
You should not receive a bill for the evidence collection exam. However, you may receive a bill from the hospital emergency department and the physician who treated you in the emergency department for medication given to you by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) or if any tests were performed.
Please contact the MOCSA crisis line 816.531.0233 or 913.642.0233 to discuss your options if you receive a bill.
Eastern Jackson County:
- Kansas City Public Library: Gain access to ebooks, audiobooks, local events, classes and activities.
- Truman Medical Center: Find health information and resources to instill healthy lifestyle habits.
- Think Kansas City: Dozens of KC outlets to help you create a balance between career and lifestyle goals.
- Kansas City Our Health Matters: This print and digital magazine offers insight into how to live a healthier life.
- SparkPeople: Fitness, wellness articles, diet tracking
- LIVESTRONG.COM: Wellness articles, diet and exercise tracker
- Health.com (Meredith Health Group): Health and wellness articles
- VeryWellFit: Nutrition
- MyFitnessPal: Diet and Exercise tracking
- National Institutes of Health
- Exercise Prescription on the Internet is a free resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast featuring comprehensive exercise libraries (1400 exercises), fitness assessment calculators, and reference articles.
- Mayo Clinic: Health /medical
- American Heart Association
- American Medical Association