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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 November 2016, 215 participants have completed this two-day training. To sign up for a workshop, please contact Prevention Services at 913-715-7880.

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

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Logo

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 RKordalski@usd232.org
Treasurer: Shana Burgess shana.burgess@jocogov.org
Secretary: Megan Clark megan.clark@jocogov.org
At-Large: Johnny Roland JRoland@OLATHEKS.ORG
At-Large: Kevin McGuire kevin.mcguire@jocogov.org
At-Large: Rennie McKinney rennie.mckinney@shawneemission.org
At-Large: Bonnie Swade bonswade@gmail.com
At-Large: Dr. Ann Karty ann.karty@bluekc.com


Coalition Accomplishments

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. Please refer to the handout enclosed in this packet for more information.

The RPC will provide these trainings on an as needed basis. There is a three (3) person registration minimum required in order to provide a training session for Kansas Tobacco Retailer Training. Once our office has received at least three (3) paid registrations, training will be scheduled. The individual registered will be contacted and provided information regarding training date, time and location.

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





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
  • 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

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

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Teen Task Force

What is the Johnson County Teen Task Force?

The Teen Task Force is a group of high school students from across the community working as a team dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking, tobacco and other drug use along with mental health promotion.

Why be a part of the Teen Task Force?

This is a group for high school 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. This group will help plan and facilitate events and service projects, provide insight to drug prevention and work with schools and community to reduce alcohol and drug abuse.

To learn more about Teen Task Force, please contact Prevention Services at 913.715.7880. 

2016 Teen Task Force Members


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) curriculum is a program for those individuals who have been cited for either serving or selling alcohol to a minor. 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.

Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) Training for On and Off Premise establishments is offered as an online course known as eTIPS.

eTIPS is a web-based server training program, offering outstanding online training as well as eTIPS certification. eTIPS allows for the same quality classroom training to be provided via the computer for convenience. eTIPS training is a self-paced, innovative approach to alcohol server training. Each of our online certification programs is tailored to a specific setting where alcohol is sold or served. eTIPS for On Premise establishments are for restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs. eTIPS for Off Premise establishments are for grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores.

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

Youth Leadership Summit

The Youth Leadership Summit is a leadership learning opportunity for youth throughout Johnson County. Schools participating in the event have the opportunity to assemble groups of no more than 5 student leaders with at least 1 sponsor. Groups attending will be empowered as they learn from their peers and develop an action plan to reduce substance use in their school and community. This program will be sure to create a positive environment in which student leaders will have the opportunity to make a difference. Fees will be waived but only 200 spots available!

Would you like to attend the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit in Johnson County? 

Call Prevention Services at 913.715.7880 or email Jamie Katz 


The 12th Annual Youth Leadership Summit will be

Thursday, September 01, 2016!

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