If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help, call the KUTO Crisis Helpline:

Toll-free 1-888-644-5886

Open everyday after 4p.m. CST ~ Staffed by trained youth volunteers.

KUTO is dedicated to providing youth-focused programming throughout the greater St. Louis area. Our crisis prevention, suicide intervention and postvention support services include community awareness, outreach and education; a youth-staffed telephone hotline; Peer Helper Skills Training; and support for survivors of a completed suicide.

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Cyber Aggression vs Cyber Bullying

March 2, 2018

There might have been a time where your child perpetuated aggression online without even realizing it. Have they ever joined in on a negative conversation about someone else online? If so, then they may have been an accomplice to cyber-aggression. “Cyber-aggression can be as simple as liking a negative comment on someone’s social media feed […]

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Students + Schools = Greater Need for Support & Help

August 31, 2016

Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students by Meg Anderson & Kavitha Cardoza Part One in an NPR Ed series on mental health in schools.   You might call it a silent epidemic. Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in […]

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Drawings + Social Media = Change the Conversation on Mental Health Awareness

March 23, 2016

Online comics about mental health are helping to change the way we talk about these illnesses, according to illustrators. By Felicity Morse, Newsbeat social media producer FROM THE TOPICLIFE 18 Feb 2016 People feeling isolated and struggling to find the right words to open up about their illness are finding support through drawings, according to artists […]

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Easing Anxiety

February 23, 2016

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try By Renee Jain, MAPP ~ 7 min read As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, […]

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Suicide, Schools and Social Media

January 28, 2016

..this is a wonderful article from our friend, Jonathan Singer, on the effective – and safe – use of social media with students. Editor’s Note: We welcome our guest columnist for this issue, Jonathan B. Singer, of the Social Work Podcast, and co-author of Suicide in Schools.      Schools rely on school-based mental health […]

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Changing the Conversation about Suicide

November 20, 2015

The word suicide brings conversations to a halt, and evokes primal fears of the darkest of all human experiences. Speaking the word itself is not the problem. The silence that so often follows is.   THE S WORD, a feature-length documentary, tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time by telling the stories of […]

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Youth Suicide Prevention Program Shows Promise

October 16, 2015

As a Regional Resource Center for the Missouri Suicide Prevention Project, KUTO participated in delivery of school-based student education and provided data that is referenced in this article. As many as 79,000 attempts may have been averted, researchers estimate By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wide-ranging suicide prevention funding appears […]

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One Year Later

August 10, 2015

Our friend, Dese’Rae L. Stage, composed this thoughtful essay for online news source, Huff Post Impact, calling for advocacy, change and support in the task of preventing suicide on the anniversary of Robin Williams death.     Robin Williams, One Year Later ~ What Will Your Verse Be? (Photo: Jodie Wilson)I spent the afternoon hours of August 11, 2014 on […]

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Please Don’t Thank Me

June 16, 2015

… the below article was written by Dr. Paul Quinnette, PhD of the QPR Institute, on June 13, 2015.  QPR is a simple, straight forward, three-step model for preventing suicide – ask the Question, Persuade hope for help, know where to Refer for help.  KUTO utilizes this model in both youth and adult suicide prevention workshops. […]

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