The Missouri Mental Health Commission met on August 11 to tackle the topics of trauma and toxic stress.
The focus was helping communities all over the state become more informed about how trauma and toxic stress affect Missourians. Topics included helping first responders and school children who've experienced trauma.
Dr. Patsy Carter is the director of children's clinical services at the Department of Mental Health.
At the Missouri Mental Health Commission meeting in Jefferson City, Dr. Carter spoke about increasing programs dealing with trauma and toxic stress for Missouri adults and school children.
"Trauma impacts their memory capacities. It impacts their attention and their focus, and without those things, they will not be able to learn," she said.
At a time when it's never been more dangerous to be a police officer, Capt. Darren Ivey of the Kansas City Police Department spoke about getting help for first responders so they can better serve their communities.
Capt. Ivey says police families are more stressed than ever. He shared a personal story about town of his sons-- one of them 7 years old, who asked him to stop people a policeman.
"Nothing's happened to me, but when you see your children feel that toxic stress, it just breaks your heart. It even hits home even more when you go into the community when you see that same toxic stress and a 7-year-old who just watched somebody get killed," he said.
NewsChannel 5's Art Holliday was also able to speak at the meeting about Alive and Well and the stories we've been telling for the last year, talking to the people of our community about toxic stress and trauma and the way some are working to prevent it.
The hope is to replicate the campaign in other Missouri cities.