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ASIST Training - In June 2014, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition had the opportunity to send 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 trainers are able to facilitate the two day ASIST workshop for individuals who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

The workshop includes:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Workbook, videos and interactive activities 
  • Group discussions
  • Opportunity to practice skills 
  • A balance of challenge and safety 

This two day training has benefited a variety of audiences including: primary care professionals, clergy, school personnel and educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals and the general public.

Feedback from past participants: 

"Presenters helped us feel comfortable discussing a difficult subject. I feel much more confident now."

"Excellent course. I found it very applicable and useful."

"Enjoyed everything about ASIST. Great workgroup and a good combination of Mental Health professionals and others."

"Great training! Very practical and engaging." 

"I feel more secure having an actual framework to work from if faced with this situation."

 

As of March 2018, 343  participants have completed this two-day training. To sign up for a workshop, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880 or JCMHCEvents@jocogov.org

To learn more information about the ASIST training, visit livingworks.net

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Suicide Awareness Video

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.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3-4:30pm at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. Olathe, KS 66061. To learn more about the coalition, contact Prevention Service at 913-715-7880.

 If you wish to receive coalition information by email click here

Leadership Team

Chair: Joe Kordalski
Co-Chair: Kevin McGuire
Treasurer: Shana Burgess
Secretary: Megan Clark
At-Large: Johnny Roland
At-Large: Rennie McKinney
At-Large: Bonnie Swade
At-Large: Dr. Ann Karty 

By-Laws

Coalition Accomplishments

The Johnson Co. Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted speaker, Jay Prior on September 14th.  Jay comes to the Coalition with a wealth of experience as an advocate, author, speaker and coach.  Having exposure to the LGBTQ+ community over the past 30+ years, Jay has an amazing perspective of the needs and strengths of the LGBTQ+ community.  Jay worked to provide the workshop participants with a greater level of awareness and motivation surrounding how to be an ally. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are at a higher rate for attempts and completions due to the, “lack of peer support, increased harassment, mental health conditions and substance abuse. For LGBTQ people aged 10–24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely and questioning youth are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harm than straight people. Between 38-65% of transgender individuals experience suicidal ideation.” 

The Coalition is invested in hosting trainings and workshop to increase awareness and prevention efforts across Johnson County. Over 65 attendees gathered for the workshop.  Attendees were able to network prior to the event and visit tables representing ten area agencies who distributed resources and program information.   

On March 1, 2018, the coalition held the fifth annual school event at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Dr. Tish Holub Taylor delivered a diverse presentation on “Child and Adolescent Mental Health with an Emphasis on Suicide Prevention". Speak-Up presented on their “You Be You” Campaign which highlights the importance of our teens receiving the reassurance that they are ok to just be—to be unique, transparent, weak or normal. The afternoon portion concluded with a 3-hour ethics training presented by Sharon Stuewe. Thank you to the groups/organizations that supported this event.

In 2017, the coalition partnered with Flippin’ Sweet Memorial Disc Golf, SASS & Speak Up to raise awareness of suicide in our community. Collaboration with other groups is a priority of the coalition.

November 30, 2017, the coalition celebrated the five year anniversary at the fifth annual report out. Fifty people were in attendance from a variety of sectors to celebrate the successes of the coalition. Click here for the report out recap. 

In October 2017, the coalition partnered with Project Child Safe to provide free gun locks. Firearms are the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for half of all suicide deaths. In an effort to reduce access to lethal suicide methods and to protect children in the home, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition now offers free gun locks for residents available across the county. This initiative has provided over 500 gun locks in the past 2 months in partnership with local law enforcement and Project Child Safe.  Project Childsafe is a national program that promotes firearm safety and education distributing free cable-style gun locks so gun owners can securely store their firearms. Gun locks are available at all three Johnson County Mental Health Center locations, local law enforcement agencies and other agencies such as hospitals. Please contact spc@jocogov.org for more information. 

On October 5, 2017, the coalition had the unique opportunity to host a showing of the documentary the S Word.  Almost 200 people attended this event that included a screening of the film. After the film, a panel of experts from Johnson County Mental Health Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Olathe Police Department and the director of the film, Lisa Klein, had an open and honest dialogue about suicide prevention in our community. Thank you to Olathe Public Schools for hosting us for this important event. 

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.  This was an open forum that provided an opportunityto talk openly about suicide & how this show impactd our community. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

August 28, 2015, Johnson County Mental Health Center, in conjunction with the 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.  

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 lessons learned in relation to recent suicides. The event also included topics such as self-harm and social media with speakers from Marillac. 

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.

ASIST Training - The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition has supported training efforts for this two-day suicide first aid class since 2014. ASIST takes participants through a model to help them feel more comfortable and confident in assisting someone in a suicide crisis. As of December 2017, 295 people have completed this two-day training. To schedule a workshop, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880.   

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.

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. 

How the Coalition was Formed

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 of diverse sectors including healthcare, education, law enforcement, local government etc. participated in round table 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.

 

Kansas Tobacco Retailer Training

The Kansas Tobacco Retailer Training is a program for individuals who have been cited for selling tobacco products to minors. The Tobacco Retailer Training Program consists of data/statistics regarding tobacco use among youth, overview of Kansas State Statute regarding tobacco: unlawful acts and penalties, proper procedures to use to determine age, valid forms of identification, refusal skills and tools for assistance. Trainings take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

To enroll in a TIPS or Tobacco Retailer Training class, please complete the registration form and submit payment of $50 (cashiers check or money order only) made payable to Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Once registration and payment have been received, staff will personally contact you to schedule a time for you to complete the training. Trainings take place during business hours: Monday-Friday, starting at 9:00 AM.

All trainings will be held in the Prevention Services office located in the lower level of the Johnson County Mental Health Center at: 1125 West Spruce, Olathe, KS 66061.

If you find that you will be more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, please contact Prevention Services to re-schedule. You will be allotted one re-schedule only.

For more information or registration, please contact:

Prevention Services
1125 W. Spruce, Olathe, KS 66061
913-715-7880

 

Mental Health First Aid

This is a picture of the logo for Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to become certified as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Mental health first aid article from JoCo Mag

The 8-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

There are two types of Mental Health First Aid courses — adult and youth.

Both adult and youth Mental Health First Aid courses are 8 hours long and feature:

  • Hands-on activities and practice
  • ALGEE, the 5-step action plan
  • An overview of local mental health resources, support groups, and other help
  • A resource manual packed with information on all topics covered in the course

Find out which course type is best for you.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid and the content of the trainings, please contact Jamie Katz at 913-715-7880 or Jamie.Katz@jocogov.org

Cost for MHFA Trainings
$50/participant
*Limited Scholarships available for those who need financial assistance

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Want to attend an upcoming Mental Health First Aid training?

Want schedule a training at your organization?

Please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880 or JCMHCEvents@jocogov.org

 

My Resource Connection

My Resource Connection connects individuals needing assistance with resources that can help meet their needs. The assistance that individuals may need are many and varied: Groceries, clothing, housing, health care, counseling, transportation, employment, emotional support, … Thankfully, there are many organizations in the greater Kansas City area that are able to address these needs. My Resource Connection is maintained and hosted by the government of Johnson County, KS. Significant contributions of data come from United Way 211 of Greater Kansas City, various departments within Johnson County government, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS.

Resources

For immediate help, call 9-1-1logo

Call for help

  • 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

You are not alone - En Espanól
 

To request suicide prevention materials, please contact spc@jocogov.org

 

Community mental health centers

Click for help

Coping with suicide loss     

For additional resources on suicide prevention through our Johnson County Libraries online.

Tools for providing support

Web resources

Presentations and info

Media, blogs, videos, apps

Strengthening Families Program

What is Strengthening Families Program?

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children ages 3-5, 6-11 and 12-16 who would benefit from additional support to promote positive behavior change. SFP consists of parenting skills, children's life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in fourteen sessions.  Each week begins with a family meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching.  Program content is based on three main themes/learning objectives including communication, connecting & limit setting.

Parents Learn Children Learn
  • to increase desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards
  • clear communication
  • effective discipline
  • substance use education
  • problem solving
  • limit setting
  • effective communication
  • understanding feelings
  • coping with anger and criticism
  • stress management
  • social skills
  • problem solving
  • resisting peer pressure
  • consequences of substance use
  • compliance with parental rules 

SFP in Johnson County

Locally we have a variety of partners in creating and sustaining SFP. 

Agencies Involved Faith Partners Involved
  • Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Johnson County Department of Corrections
  • Johnson County Court Services
  • Johnson County Human Services
  • Johnson County Developmental Supports
  • Johnson County District Attorney’s Office
  • KVC
  • Overland Park Police Department
  • Olathe Police Department
  • Lenexa Police Department

     

  • First Baptist Church of Overland Park
  • Overland Park Church of the Nazarene
  • First Baptist Church of Gardner
  • Faith Journey Church
  • Pathway Community Church
  • Christ the Servant
  • Redemption Church
  • Heartland Community Church
  • Christ Community Church
  • First Presbyterian Church of Gardner
  • First Light Church
  • Fellowship Bible Church
  • Lenexa United Methodist Church

Opportunities to Get Involved

For more information on how to get involved, contact Megan Clark-Johnson County Mental Health Center-Prevention Services at megan.clark@jocogov.org or 913-715-7880

Site Hosts
Facilitator
Site Coordinators
Donating a Meal
Monetary donation

For more information:

http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/

Support Groups

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Overland Park

Weekly Peer-led Support Groups for individuals 18 and over with mood disorders.
Meeting Time - Every Thursday from 7-8:45pm
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood KS 66224
Building B, Room B210

For more information:
913-730-0042 or 913-908-6896
info@dbsaop.org
www.DBSAOP.org
Facebook.com/dbsakc

Families for Mental Health

Family Support Group
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Rd. Room 126 -127
Prairie Village, KS
Park in the SOUTH side parking lot
Contact Number: 913-676-7171
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month7:00pm (Informational), 8:00 pm (Sharing and Caring)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Johnson County
Family and Consumer Support Group
Location: Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene
6301 Nall Ave. 
Prairie Village, KS
Meeting Time - 1st (Informational), 2nd and 4th (Support Groups) Tuesdays 7:00 pm
Contact number: 913-210-0630
 

Pathway To Hope
Location - College Church of the Nazarene
2020 E. Sheridan 
Olathe, KS 66062
Meeting Time: Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm,
Family Group Room V304  -   Survivor Support Group Room V305
Contact Number: 913 397-8552
Web site: pathwaytohope.org

Teen Task Force

What is the Johnson County Teen Task Force?

The Teen Task Force is a group of students in eighth through twelfth grade from across Johnson County. The Teen Task Force works as a team to prevent underage drinking, tobacco and other drug use and promote mental health.

Why be a part of the Teen Task Force?

This is a group for students who want to be a part of a county wide initiative to help make a difference in the local community. This group provides a great opportunity for collaboration with other students in the community along with service projects during the school year. Members of the Teen Task Force help plan and facilitate events and service projects. The group focuses on working with schools and the community to promote mental wellness, reduce suicide and prevent substance abuse.

Projects include:

Sticker Shock

You Be You Campaign – chalking event

Peyton Heart Project

End the Trend – Anti Vaping Campaign

Assist with planning for the Youth Leadership Summit

Photo Voice

It Matters guidebook

Mental Wellness promotion at the libraries

To learn more about Teen Task Force, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880. 

2017 Teen Task Force MembersTeen Task Force using chalk to write on sidewalkTeen Task Members at Youth Leadership Summit 2017

TIPS

tips logo: word tips with purple dots above t and iJohnson County Mental Health Center is recognized by the Department of Revenue Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control as a certified Kansas Seller/Server Training Program using the TIPS curriculum.

The Training For Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) is an alcohol intervention program that trains individuals to serve and/or sell alcohol responsibly in any setting. The purpose of TIPS is to help people create the kind of environment that promotes safety and responsibility wherever alcohol is sold. Included in this training is a review of proper procedure to use to determine age and valid forms of identification.

There are two trainings available for alcohol:

  • Training for On Premise establishments, such as restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs
  • Training for Off Premise establishments, such as grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores

TIPS sessions are offered through eTIPS®, an online training program or through the classroom with a certified TIPS Trainer. Training conducted through eTIPS is delivered through a computer and served over the web. eTIPS Training is self-paced and can be accessed at any time. eTIPS training takes 1.5-3 hours to complete. Training conducted by a trainer via classroom is implemented through video and printed materials to facilitate discussion of the course content. Course material is presented in three sections: Information, Skills Training and Practice/Rehearsal. Classroom training takes 4 hours to complete.

To enroll in an eTIPS class, please complete the registration form and submit payment of $50 (cashiers check or money order only) made payable to Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Once registration and payment have been received, staff will personally contact you to schedule a time for you to complete the eTIPS training.

Ability to read, write and understand English, and the ability to operate a computer will be required to take the eTIPs training.

All eTIPS trainings will be held in the Prevention Services office located in the lower level of the Johnson County Mental Health Center at: 1125 West Spruce, Olathe, KS 66061.

If you find that you will be more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, please contact Prevention Services to re-schedule. You will be allotted one re-schedule only.

Please allow approximately three (3) hours time to complete this self-paced eTIPS training.

Technical assistance will be provided by Prevention Services staff during your scheduled eTIPS training if needed.

For more information or registration, please contact:

Prevention Services
1125 W. Spruce, Olathe, KS 66061
913-715-7880

Youth Leadership Summit

The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) is where inspiration, motivation, activism, and change begin. YLS is designed to help teens grow as leaders. YLS is a program focused on reducing underage alcohol and drug use, preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and encouraging healthy behaviors among youth in Johnson County. 

YLS is a full-day conference for teens who are active leaders in their schools to gain the tools to enrich their leadership skills though presentations, workshops and group interactions.

During YLS, middle school and high school teams of youth and adult leaders have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and create action plans that can make a difference in preventing drug use, suicide, and destructive behaviors in their schools and communities.  At YLS, youth can become empowered and equipped to be change agents in their schools and communities.

YLS provides workshops to motivate and train youth and school sponsors to serve as catalysts of positive change in their communities.  As a result of YLS, participants can improve their schools and communities, expand their leadership skills and meet other leaders from Johnson County.

Speakers and topics are different each year to remain relevant with current trends and needs.

YLS is an annual event coordinated by Prevention Services, a department of the Johnson County Mental Health Center and hosted by Cleveland University and funding through the Alcohol Tax Funds.

For general inquiries about Youth Leadership Summit, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880.

flyer for Youth Leadership 2018

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