Cincinnati communities hold meetings to discuss mental health in teens, young adults

Community leaders throughout Cincinnati are working on new initiatives to provide trauma-healing to children throughout the city.On Thursday, dozens gathered to brainstorm ways to help connect kids to the help they need. The meeting was centered around childhood trauma and its adverse effects on kids and their rise into adulthood. Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney was at the meeting along with some city council members and child advocacy trauma groups.Childhood activist Ronald Hummons has spearheaded efforts to get kids the care they need. He believes it first starts with awareness and families taking action at home.”The violence, abandonment, and neglect to make up the perfect petri dish our children have to deal with,” Hummons said.Hummons believes it is critical to break the cycle of childhood trauma by getting children access to services before they carry their trauma into adulthood.”They become broken adults,” Hummons said. “That’s why our prisons are full, poverty, and more because these are all expressions of trauma.” Micah Engram attended Thursday’s meeting, discussing topics such as gun violence and mental health.” I wanted to come to acknowledge mental health and make people more aware of it,” Engram said. “I don’t feel like enough young people put energy into that topic.” Three months ago, tragedy struck her family when her older brother Cortez Wells died by suicide three days shy of this 22 birthday.It is her mission to keep families from experiencing pain as hers did.”He was strong and a fighter,” Engram said. “We need to stop being in denial about these issues, and we need to realize this is an important issue and put more energy into fixing it.” No decision or actions were taken at Thursday’s meeting but officials say there will be more meetings to come To view national and local mental health resources, visit the link below.

Community leaders throughout Cincinnati are working on new initiatives to provide trauma-healing to children throughout the city.

On Thursday, dozens gathered to brainstorm ways to help connect kids to the help they need. The meeting was centered around childhood trauma and its adverse effects on kids and their rise into adulthood.

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney was at the meeting along with some city council members and child advocacy groups.

Childhood trauma activist Ronald Hummons has spearheaded efforts to get kids the care they need. He believes it first starts with awareness and families taking action at home.

“The violence, abandonment, and neglect to make up the perfect petri dish our children have to deal with,” Hummons said.

Hummons believes it is critical to break the cycle of childhood trauma by getting children access to services before they carry their trauma into adulthood.

“They become broken adults,” Hummons said. “That’s why our prisons are full, poverty, and more because these are all expressions of trauma.”

Micah Engram attended Thursday’s meeting, discussing topics such as gun violence and mental health.

“I wanted to come to acknowledge mental health and make people more aware of it,” Engram said. “I don’t feel like enough young people put energy into that topic.”

Three months ago, tragedy struck her family when her older brother Cortez Wells died by suicide three days shy of this 22 birthday.

It is her mission to keep families from experiencing pain as hers did.

“He was strong and a fighter,” Engram said. “We need to stop being in denial about these issues, and we need to realize this is an important issue and put more energy into fixing it.”

No decision or actions were taken at Thursday’s meeting but officials say there will be more meetings to come.

To view national and local mental health resources, visit the link below.