The Johnson County Mental Health Center collects and uses data internally regarding mental health needs and services to make data-informed decisions about staffing, services and other resources. This data is sent periodically to the Board of County Commissioners and county management. All data collected is in real-time and should be considered unofficial and or preliminary.
During the time period of March 23 – July 31, there were 27 deaths by suicide in Johnson County, based on this preliminary data. Although this data was captured during the pandemic, it does not mean that these tragedies were caused by the pandemic.
“We would be very hesitant to ever state with any certainty a cause of suicide, other than loneliness and despair,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “Unfortunately, our community has been experiencing an epidemic of suicide for several years. While COVID-19 has certainly impacted our community’s mental wellness, so has social discord, the economic crisis, racism and the sense of division and polarization.”
If anyone is starting to experience symptoms that are impacting your ability to work or interact with others, please call 913-826-4200 for an initial assessment of your needs. If you or someone you are caring for is experiencing a mental health crisis, call our 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.