Teen Suicide Prevention | Kansas City MomCast Episode 44

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Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people age 15 to 24 in the U.S. Nearly 20 percent of high school students report serious thoughts of suicide, and 9 percent have made an attempt to take their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness

With teen suicide on the rise, a local group, Zero Reasons Why, was formed. We had the opportunity to speak with an adult leader, Davis Finley, as well as teen leaders, Ava Shropshire and Kripa Gauba. 

Follow Zero Reasons Why here or the local group here.

Meet Kripa Gauba

Kripa is a sophomore at Blue Valley West and is in her second year on the campaign. She has been a part of Zero Reasons Why events such as Advocacy Day at the Capital and presenting at Iola High School.


Meet Ava Shropshire

Ava is a recently graduated high school senior from Overland Park, KS. She is fascinated by stories – the collections of ideas and experiences that make us human. From the books on her shelves to everyday conversations, she yearns to learn from others and use her creativity as a catapult for connections.

Meet Davis Finley

Davis was born and raised in Kansas City and was also homeschooled throughout his childhood. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and received a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He began working on the Zero Reasons Why campaign in January of 2021 where he contributes to the campaign with photography, videography, writing, event planning, and storytelling.

What We’re Loving In Kansas City For Our Mental Health

The Market at Meadowbrook

Sarah loves getting an iced tea from the Market and walking the paths around Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village. She also loves walking Sar Ko Par park and getting a drink from the Foundry coffee shop.

Therapy and Calendars

Simply said, Megan loves therapy. She highly recommends it on the regular for everyone. She also has printed free blank calendars and filled them in for the summer to put on the fridge.

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Megan Coffey
Hi! I'm Megan, former teacher turned stay-at-home-but-never-home mom to Peyton, 7, and Gage, 4. I host the Kansas City MomCast podcast! I'm married to the most patient person on this earth, Chris, and we live in Overland Park with our kids, an insane lab, and two guinea pigs. You can find me over committing to everything, reading informational and self-help texts, listening to podcasts, organizing, spending time with friends over margaritas, thrifting, and staying up way too late to have peace and serenity. I love people and hearing their stories and look forward to connecting with KCMC readers!