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Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition

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About the Coalition

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach.

Chair: Shawn Reynolds sreynolds@olatheks.org
Co-Chair: Joe Kordalski RKordalski@usd232.org
Treasurer: Shana Burgess shana.burgess@jocogov.org
Secretary: Megan Clark megan.clark@jocogov.org
At-Large: Steve Willsie Steven.Willsie@EnvolveHealth.com
At-Large: Kevin McGuire kevin.mcguire@jocogov.org
At-Large: Rennie McKinney rennie.mckinney@shawneemission.org
At-Large: Darren McLaughlin DMclaughlin@merriam.org

To learn more about the coalition including meeting dates/times, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880. 

If you wish to receive coalition information by email click here

Coalition Accomplishments

In November 2012, Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) hosted a Suicide Prevention Summit gathering over 150 community partners to discuss the alarmingly increasing rates of suicide in our community.  Representatives from diverse sectors including healthcare, education, law enforcement, local government, etc. participated in roundtable discussions regarding current conditions and brainstorming next steps in local prevention strategies.

Information was compiled from the dialogue of diverse representatives and presented to focus groups in March 2013 to analyze and drill down to specific goals and strategies. Focus groups referenced the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action Surgeon General's report. Participants narrowed down the thirteen goals prepared in this report to the top three priorities for our community.

In May 2013, JCMHC hosted a Key Leader event with CEO's, Presidents, Managers, etc. of local organizations to present findings and establish support for next steps in a local suicide prevention plan.

Three workgroups were formed based on feedback from community participants and the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  Over 70 community members signed up to participate in one of the three workgroups.  In June 2013, workgroups had their first meeting and created priority objectives.

In November 2013, community leaders were invited back to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Update.  This was an opportunity to celebrate the progress and accomplishments of the newly formed Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

February 2014-The Research Informed Communication Workgroup hosted Suicide's Impact on Education and a School Communities' Response.  Educators from all six Johnson County public school districts along with several private school representatives attended this event.  Districts shared protocols and discussed best practices along with hearing from a panel of local mental health providers. 

May 2014-The Training for Community and Clinical Service Providers hosted Fresh Approaches to Adolescent Suicide Prevention training at JCCC with Dr. Bill Geis.  The target audience was school personnel, mental health professionals and law enforcement with over 100 people in attendance.

ASIST Training - In June 2014, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition had the opportunity to send three local representatives to the ASIST Training of Trainers.  Through this five-day course individuals learn the content and process of ASIST and the skills needed to conduct it.  These three trainers are able to facilitate the two day ASIST workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. As of November 2016, 215 participants have completed this two-day training. To schedule a workshop, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880.

In November 2014, community leaders attended the second annual Johnson County Suicide Prevention Update.  This was an opportunity to celebrate the progress and accomplishments of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition .

January 15, 2015 School Awareness EventOver 100 participants attended the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition second annual Awareness Event for School Professionals. The Olathe School District provided the space for this event and shared valuable information to the group about one of their school’s experience with suicide. The event also included topics such as self-harm and social media with speakers from Marillac. 

August 28, 2015, Johnson County Mental Health Center, in conjunction with, Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Kansas Crisis Intervention Team, Tom Karlin Foundation, Shawnee Mission Medical Center & Suicide Awareness Survivor Support, hosted global speaker, author and mental health advocate, Kevin Hines.  Over 100 community members attended this speaking engagement.  

In November 2015, community leaders attended the third annual Johnson County Suicide Prevention Update.  This was an opportunity to celebrate the progress and accomplishments of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coaliton. 

January 29, 2016, the third annual school event titled Self Care: Understanding Compassion Fatigue in the Workplace presented by Mike Boniello. Over 100 school professionals and community members attended this important event. A big thank you to the Blue Valley School District for hosting this event. 

November 29, 2016, over 70 people attended the fourth annual Johnson County Suicide Prevention Update held at MidAmerica Nazarene University. The coalition highlighted their accomplishments from 2016, shared national and local data and debut the first installment of the parent resource video series.  

On January 27, 2017, the coalition held the fourth annual school event titled Ally & Care presented by The Trevor Project. The event focused on suicide prevention and the LGBTQ community. Over 130 school professionals and community members attended this event. A big thank you to the Blue Valley School District for hosting this day long training. 

On May 18, 2017, over forty community members attended a discussion surrounding the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’. The panel consisted of experts from Johnson County Mental Health Center, Speak Up Foundation, Overland Park Police Department, Children’s Mercy, Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center & MOCSA. 


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  • Johnson County Mental Health 24 hour Crisis Line - 913-268-0156 - a line answered by local mental health professionals who assess immediate needs.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 - a national line answered by mental health professionals.
    en Español - 1-888-628-9454
    TTY - 1-800-799-4889

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JOCO Suicide Prevention Coalition Parent Video
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Help for Young Adults
Help for Veterans
Ayuda en Español
Mental Health.gov
Stop a suicide.org 
Stop Bulling Kansas


Common Reactions After a Tramatic Death 
Coping With Suicide Loss-Helping Children Cope 
Explaining Suicide to Children by SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, www.save.org
Stress Reactions in Youth 
Critical Incident Stress Reactions by Nancy Rich, MA
Beyond Surviving: Suggestions for Survivors of Suicide by Iris M. Bolton, author of My Son, My Son
Surviving a SUICIDE loss: A resource and healing guide by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www. afsp.org

For additional resources on suicide prevention through our Johnson County Libraries, Click Here!


Faith Community Information Sheet
2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals And Objectives For Action
Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative


The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreveionlifeline.org
Kansas Suicide Prevention www.kansassuicideprevention.org
Faith Community materials http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/task-force/faith-communities/YLM-home
Indian Health Service http://www.ihs.gov/suicideprevention/
Veterans Crisis Line http://veteranscrisisline.net/


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Johnson County Suicide Prevention Parent Resouce Video by Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Suicide Rates on the Rise in Kansas and Missouri  by KCPT
PSA made by St Thomas Aquinas Students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJJlw1QmccU
The Tom Karlin Foundation. www.tomkarlinfoundation/blog 
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center's video series SPARK TALKS
You are Not Alone - en Español

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