The Scoop: Mental health hotline + Dish lineup for Friday


The Downtown Dish is waiting for you – Friday at noon

Make plans to join us this Friday for lunch with Downtown chefs, bartenders, retailers and artists over lunch via the Downtown Dish

You are invited for a free, virtual chat about what’s new, in the works and on the menu … ideally while enjoying carryout from your favorite Downtown lunch spot. It’s all in the name of supporting businesses that make Downtown KC the vibrant heart of our city! The weekly webcast airs live from 12:00-12:45 p.m. on Fridays.

This Friday’s serving of the Dish featuring host Katy Ryan Schamberger will get the low-down on what’s up in the Power &  Light District with marketing maven Rachel Waller. You’ll also discover: what’s new at Novel (where you can hear live local jazz every night); and who’s behind the Crossroads Community Kitchen and Instgram influencers the Tiny Table Carryout ClubEach episode will close with a Q&A from the audience, so get your questions ready! 

The Downtown Council, Downtown Neighborhood AssociationKC Streetcar, Lynchpin Ideas, and the districts of Downtown are presenting the weekly 45-minute online chat filled with fun, info and food! The Dish will highlight what’s happening in the restaurant, bar, and neighborhood scenes along and adjacent to the KC Streetcar route.

Each week we will highlight different neighborhoods/districts and the establishments that make Downtown, the heart of KC. Registration is free and open on Eventbrite.  Each Downtown Dish episode will be recorded and posted on the Downtown Council website after it airs, alongside a blog post with additional helpful Downtown info.

Your Downtown Dish invitation is waiting for you.

CommCARE offers mental health hotline during pandemic

In these uncertain times, mental health is becoming an increasing concern for every person, whether or not they have a history of dealing with stress, mental illness, behavioral issues, or substance use.

CommCARE offers an accessible helpline for anyone in Kansas City and northwestern Missouri with the First Step for HELP hotline, which allows residents to call 1-888-279-8188 and talk to a licensed counselor.

“When you call our 24/7 mental health crisis helpline, a real person answers, ready to hear your story, connect you to resources, and help you cope in a time of need,” said CommCARE  president and CEO Terry Trafton. “We believe that everyone should have access to mental health and substance use services. Our First Step for HELP hotline gives people the opportunity to begin a path toward well-being.”

The First Step for HELP hotline is CommCare’s Access Crisis intervention (ACI) service, as well as a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline affiliate, covering area codes 816 and 660 in 44 counties across Missouri. Licensed counselors work with callers to help them stay safe, clarify the problem, and identify the most appropriate community resources to address the crisis.

“Mental health affects overall health,” Trafton said. “Due to stay-at-home orders, many people are experiencing stress and anxiety, which can contribute to mental health, behavioral health, and substance use issues or crisis. Our services walk a person through the next steps in their path to wellness. We will even reach out to a friend-in-need on concerned caller’s behalf.”

CommCare is a nonprofit organization, and the greater Kansas City region’s mental and substance use resource, providing immediate support and connecting the community to a system of providers.