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First-Ever Mental Wellness Expo Shines a Light on Mental Health Challenges and Support Available

Mental Wellness Expo 2022 - KVC Health Systems Legacy Brokers Kansas City

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed our workplaces and homes. While we’ve found more flexibility, a new survey shows that Americans are experiencing greater stress than ever before due to the pandemic, money concerns, the war in Ukraine, and increased smartphone and social media use. Depression, anxiety, and suicide rates are rising among both teens and adults.

The importance of mental health and wellness is what led Legacy Brokers and KVC Health Systems to create the first annual MENTAL WELLNESS EXPO taking place Thursday, May 5. The expo takes place both in-person at KVC’s Ball Event Center in Olathe, Kansas and also online via Zoom. It features two panel discussions with 10 experts discussing the mental wellness challenges we face in our new environment and the help and resources available. The expo also includes more than 20 mental and physical healthcare providers and health insurance carriers who will have informational tables in the solutions space. A fun chili cook-off with awards and a reception featuring drinks, hot dogs and other refreshments will bring the event to a fun and social end in the early evening. Register now for this FREE event!

1:00-6:00pm on Thursday, May 5
KVC’s Ball Event Center
21350 W. 153rd St.
Olathe, KS 66061

Presented by:

KVC Health Systems - Mental Wellness Awareness Expo

Legacy Brokers KC - Mental Wellness Awareness Expo

Sponsored by these leaders in health insurance and healthcare:

With special thanks to these supporters:

Supporters of Mental Wellness Expo

New workplace normal - KVC Health Systems Legacy Brokers Mental Wellness Awareness Expo

Virtual interaction is now common. Learn how youth and adults can achieve mental wellness in our new normal.

Please join us! This event is for:

-Business leaders who care about their employees’ mental wellness
-School and civic leaders
-Parents and community members
-Mental and primary healthcare providers
-Healthcare insurance carriers and agents
-Veterans and service members


1:00pm Doors open
2:00pm Panel discussion on mental wellness
3:30pm Chili sampling/reception and visit with mental health providers and insurance carriers
5:00 pm Chili cook-off awards

Meet Our Experts

We’re honored to welcome the following mental wellness experts and other business and community leaders to our two panels.

Mental Wellness Panel 1 - Mental Wellness Expo - Sarah Soden MD Children's Mercy - Janie Yannacito Johnson County Mental Health Center JCMHC - Tara Walrod Blue Valley Schools - Emily Snow Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City - Kevin Timmons Nick & Jake's Fore the Kids Foundation

Mental Wellness Panel 2 - Mental Wellness Expo - Vishal Adma Responsive Centers - Sara Schlagel KVC Hospitals - Anne Timmons Community Mental Health Advocate - Jessica Dubey Cigna - Dr Abyssinia Washington Tabron KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation

More About the Panelists:

– Sarah Soden, MD, Neurodevelopment Pediatrician and Director of the Genomic Medicine Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital
– Janie Yannacito, LCSCW, Director of Children and Family Services, Johnson County Mental Health
– Tara Walrod, Assistant Principal and National Board-Certified Teacher, Blue Valley School District
– Emily Snow, LMSW, MHSA, Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
– Kevin Timmons, Nick’s Dad, Owner of Nick & Jake’s, Founder & Vice Chairman of the Board of Fore the Kids Foundation
– Dr. Vishal Adma, Psychiatrist and President/CEO of Responsive Centers
– Sara Schlagel, LSCSW, LCSW, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, KVC Hospitals Children’s Psychiatric Treatment
– Anne Timmons, Community Advocate for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness
– Jessica Dubey, MAAT, LPC, Behavioral Clinical Strategist, Cigna
– Dr. Abyssinia Washington Tabron, Clinical Psychologist, KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation, DEI Leader

REGISTER NOW – Event is FREE to attend in person or online! 

Registration is now open at

Want to enjoy some food? For $10, you get a chili sampling wristband and two tickets. The wristband lets you sample more than a dozen kinds of chili and vote for your favorites. The two tickets can be used beginning at 3:30pm for a beer, wine, soda, or hot dog. If you purchase by May 4, when you buy a $10 wristband/two tickets, you get another wristband/two tickets for FREE! Register for the Mental Wellness Expo here.

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