Mental health advocates fill Statehouse for rally

TOPEKA (WIBW)- Mental health initiatives have been at the forefront of lawmakers' agendas at the Statehouse this session.

On Tuesday, advocates for mental health awareness packed the Capitol in support for more funding and programs to tackle those concerns

According to the Kansas Mental Health Coalition, one in four Kansans struggle with mental health issues. They also say the topic has seen an increase in attention because of the national debate on the link between mental health and acts of violence.

According to U.S. Health and Human Services, nearly 30 percent of high school students in Kansas reported dealing with depression.

"The voice of mental illness and mental health needs to be heard," said Susan Lewis, president of the Kansas Mental Health Coalition. "Recovery is real, recovery is possible, but it really does involve having the kinds of support and services we need."

Legislative leadership have said they are looking for more ways to increase funding for mental health services.