Community Bus Tour aims to promote mental health awareness, reduce crime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kennadi Larkins knows firsthand the struggles of mental health.

“When I was 9 years old I was on vacation with my grandparents and we got a call that my mom had passed and since then my mental health has been up and down,” Larkins said.

Larkins is now on a mission to help others struggling with mental health. His group, I am a Star Foundation, was one of many mental health organizations offering resources on Saturday’s Community Bus Tour at the Oakland Church.

The event was spearheaded by the Crime and Safety Reduction Commission in partnership with JTA, with the goal of promoting mental health awareness in the community.

“We want people to know that mental health is not a stigma. We are here as the city of Jacksonville to let citizens know that we have resources for them,” said City Council President Sam Newby.

By having mental health resources available, leaders feel it could help reduce crime.


Larkins’ father is proud of how far his daughter has come and encourages parents to recognize the warning signs.

“I would recommend to any parent that communication is key. When you see your son isolating himself, wrapped up more than usual in his phones, maybe they are friends that you have not normally seen before, I think those are signs and signs that your son is reaching out and wants to connect.” Dwayne Larkins said.

Kennadi Larkins hopes that other children or adults struggling with mental health know that they are not alone.

“I would like them to know that there is always someone here for them, and I will always be here to listen and if you ever need to speak to someone, please reach out. Don’t suffer alone,” said Kennadi Larkins. “Someone will always take care of you.”

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City leaders said they will hold more community bus tours for mental health events throughout the city. Those who want more information about available resources can find that information at 904-630-CITY or www.COJ.NET/SCRC.

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