Blue Valley West students plan to ‘break the silence’ on mental health at community event

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Blue Valley West students are spreading resources about mental health beyond the school -- to everyone in the community.

They've been working all school year on a Break the Silence event, which takes place Thursday night. At the event, people will be able to meet with professionals to reduce stress and anxiety in a variety of ways -- from things like diet and exercise to yoga and aromatherapy.

"Going to your friends is a good first step, but you need to go to a counselor or someone educated about that topic," Blue Valley West senior Emily Krotz said.

Break the Silence takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies on W. 149th Terrace in Overland Park. Everyone in the community is welcome.

In the video player below Krotz and Grace Elliot, who is also a Blue Valley West student, chatted with Fox 4's Kim Byrnes to share more about the event and why it's important to them.

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