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July 2021

What to Do When a Behavioral Health Issue Hits Home 

Do you battle with depression, anxiety, or a substance use disorder? If so, you’re not alone. In America, nearly one in five people struggle with their behavioral health. And over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made life more challenging for many. 

We know it can be hard to ask for help. We know it’s tough to know how to support someone who is struggling. Through our initiative Shut Out the Stigma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals are going to bat for behavioral health in our community. 

We’re doing our part to raise awareness for this all-important health issue. And we’re driving home a vital message: There’s no shame in reaching out for help and sharing your behavioral health concerns. 

Royal’s play-by-play announcer Ryan Lefebvre is a powerful voice in Shut Out the Stigma. Thanks Ryan, for partnering with us and for the gift of your book, “The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back.” 

Learn more at https://www.shutoutthestigma.com.


The Crisis Text line offers free, 24/7 support from anywhere in the U.S. Text HOME to 741741.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, 24/7, confidential support for people in distress. For help, call 1-800-273-8255.

In case of a medical emergency, always call 911.

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