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Need some help coping during this public health crisis? Here is our short, simple and curated list of resources.


Service updates related to COVID-19

Tuesday, July 27, 3:55 p.m.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is immediately reinstating our mask requirement based on the latest guidance from the CDC. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask.

  • The 24/7 Crisis Line (913-268-0156) is for any individual personally experiencing a mental health crisis or with someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • The Customer Care Center (913-826-4200) is available during business hours on weekdays for any non-emergency needs. Individuals can leave a message after hours, which will be returned the following business day.
  • Walk-in services, also known as Open Access, are available beginning at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each weekday at the Olathe or Shawnee offices.

Resources related to the coronavirus and mental health

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Featured resources

It's Okay if You're not Okay with COVID-19
This article is a great place to start if you're trying to figure out how the pandemic might be impacting the way your are thinking, feeling or acting and what you can do to manage those experiences.

Mental Health Moment
Sign-up to get a weekly note of positivity in your inbox, focusing on kindness, coping and connection.

It's Okay if You're not Okay podcast
This mental health podcast with personality launched in September of 2019, but has been doing some special episodes related to coping and self-care in these challenging times.

The Compassion Project and other resources for at home learning
We've partnered with EVERFI to offer a variety of resources for every elementary, middle and high school student in Johnson County.

Front Line Support
We're providing expanded mental health support to front line workers and first reponders during the pandemic.

Building Blocks for Anti-racism
Johnson County Mental Health Center has a commitment to anti-racism. These are the building blocks of how we intend to carry out that commitment.

Youth Health Guide
This guide will give you the facts and provide you with easy steps you can take to live a healthy life physically, mentally and emotionally. For a more accessible version please reach out to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Additional resources

How to prepare for a virtual appointment
Helping children cope with disasters
Children's reactions and parents' response
Helping kids cope with COVID-19 anxiety
Managing anxiety for adults
Resource for older adults and people with disabilities


Johnson County Mental Health Center is the gateway to mental health in Johnson County, providing a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to county residents. 

Click this Access Services button to learn how to access mental health services
Click to learn how to access mental health services.

 

Department News

Johnson County mental health officials discuss suicide prevention
May 1, 2020

“Suicide does not discriminate based on social status, level of celebrity, financial status, race or gender,” said Johnson County Mental Health Emergency Service Director, Rob McDougall. “Everybody and anybody is susceptible to suicide, and unfortunately the higher profile deaths this week highlight this fact.”

See the video here: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/johnson-county-mental-health-officials-discuss-suicide-prevention

Expert: Face-to-face connections helpful in suicide prevention
May 1, 2020

"If there's something off about the person, if you've noticed something different, but you have to have a connection with someone in order to notice that."

See the full video at: http://www.kmbc.com/article/expert-says-face-to-face-connections-helpful-in-suicide-prevention/21241608

Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Kate Spade’s death prompts conversations about mental health
May 1, 2020

 Many times, people shy away from the word “suicide," but news of designer Kate Spade's death has prompted discussions about mental health and suicide prevention across the country.

Read More At: http://fox4kc.com/2018/06/05/dont-be-afraid-to-ask-for-help-kate-spades-death-prompts-conversations-about-mental-health/

Johnson County named Stepping Up Innovator County for efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail
May 1, 2020

Johnson County was selected as one of seven counties in the nation as a Stepping Up Innovator County for its expertise in taking actions to reduce the number of people in jail who experience mental illness.

As an Innovator County, Johnson County’s efforts will be highlighted as part of a new push from Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails to help counties consistently identify and collect data on this population.

“On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I want to congratulate the county professionals — mental health clinicians, law enforcement officers and many others — who have worked hard to earn this national designation and to better serve our community’s vulnerable populations,” said Chairman Ed Eilert.

Each of the seven Innovator Counties is using the Stepping Up suggested three-step approach to having accurate, accessible data on people who have serious mental illness in their jails.

Those steps include: establish a shared definition of serious mental illness for local criminal justice and behavioral health systems’ Stepping Up efforts; ensure everyone booked into jail is screened for mental illness and those who screen positive are referred to a follow-up clinical assessment and regularly report on this population.

“Every day, people with mental illness are booked into jails across the country,” said Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “The number of people who have mental illnesses in jail is three to six times higher than that of the general public. We’re grateful to the county’s leadership for making Stepping Up a priority, allowing us to help those who experience mental illness avoid incarceration and to receive the help they deserve.”

Read More: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2018/may/17/johnson-county-named-stepping-innovator-county-eff/

Proposed Kansas law would cut back suicide prevention training in schools
May 1, 2020

A bill moving through the Senate committee process could possibly change a law requiring schools to train all their employees on suicide prevention.

Those who support the bill say they are in support of the training, but they want to reduce the number of people required to take it.

Right now, every worker in Kansas schools is required to be trained to spot people with suicidal tendencies.

State lawmakers approved the Jason Flatt Act in 2016 which requires a minimum of one hour of training per person every school year. Now, a bill moving through the senate committee process could change that. 

“We just feel that there’s a price tag for people that are being trained that probably don’t have the connection with kids," said G.A. Buie, Executive Director of the Kansas Superintendents Association.

The proposed bill would change it so only “selected” staff would be required to do training. It would also remove the one-hour minimum.

Supporters say it’s not necessary to train people who have little contact with students. But, mental health experts disagree. They say the more people the better the chances of stopping someone from taking their life.

“I believe that you have to have interaction to be able to ask the most difficult question, and that is: are you thinking of killing yourself or are you thinking of committing suicide?” said Tim Deweese, Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Read More : http://www.kctv5.com/story/37470692/proposed-kansas-law-would-cut-back-suicide-prevention-training-in-schools

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