Support Mental Health in KC


Mental illness is the fastest growing need in the Northland. Over 60% of youth with major depression do not receive the mental health services they need. Join our mission to help kids right here in the Northland.

The most common cause of anxiety and depression in youth is due to childhood trauma. After experiencing bullying, neglect or witnessing violence, youth are frequently unable to process their emotions. Instead, they develop mental illness and/or begin expressing unsafe behaviors, including self-harm.

Meet David

David was seven when he was brought to our Children’s Center by the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS) in the middle of the night. He was removed from his home after his father hit him in the face with an iron. Every day, infants, toddlers and children enter our shelter with deliberate burns, gunshot wounds, broken bones and failure to thrive. Children are often malnourished with serious illness, infestations or infections caused by poverty, abuse and neglect. Once in our care they receive immediate and specialized treatment for physical and emotional wounds, as our dedicated staff work to isolate the effects of the trauma they have experienced.

Even in pain, and suffering from injury, David was most upset because he wanted to go home. For several weeks staff could not get him to respond. He wouldn't interact and play with other children. He knocked books out of their hands, cried and refused to play or talk. Staff continued to care for him, encouraging him to play and participate. While his physical wounds began to heal, emotionally he seemed beyond help.

One day, DSS brought in another little boy close to David’s age who was crying and very upset. With no notice, David got up, walked over to the other little boy, patted him on the back, and said, “Don’t worry. They really love kids here.” From that moment on, David started to make great progress.

Our teams are in the Clay County Schools

to ensure students are screened for mental health issues and are connected to community supports.

5,906 students

received suicide prevention education last year. 

247 youth

received intensive behavior and mental health services at our Synergy House program last year. 

A gift of $10 provides a comfort buddy for youth struggling with anxiety and depression.


"I give to Synergy because mental health is an unspoken need in the Northland. Youth who experience any type of trauma, including abuse, neglect or violence are in critical need of intense interventions. Without help, they are likely to grow up with severe behavioral and mental health issues, which will create an unsafe community. But, people like you and me can help."

For 50 years, Synergy Services has been creating safe todays and strong tomorrows for victims of violence. Learn more about our mental health programs here