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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

Elevate for Educators
In partnership with EVERFI, Johnson County Mental Health Center is providing health and wellness education to educators across our county. Elevate for Educators is a self-guided, digital mental wellness resource designed to provide educators with on-demand content related to their unique mental health needs. School professionals will find a variety of topics, including managing mental health challenges, supporting a friend or loved one, and strategies for stress management.

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

Commission approves increased staffing for Johnson County Mental Health as demand for services continues to grow
May 1, 2020

An increase in state funding this year may mean increased services or shorter wait times for people who use the Johnson County Mental Health Centers.

The Johnson County Commission increased staffing of four positions Thursday in an effort to keep up with rising demand. The county will add two full-time-equivalent positions for open access clinicians and one full-time dispatcher. Two other positions – vocational case manager and mental health clinician, will go from full- to part-time.

The commission gave its okay to add $328,000 in spending for 2019 to fund those positions, plus a smaller amount for the end of the current budget year. The jobs will not add to the county tax bill because they are paid through an increase in state funding of $380,000 for 2018-19.

Read more at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/09/17/commission-approves-increased-staffing-for-johnson-county-mental-health-as-demand-for-services-continues-to-grow-73863

Johnson County Poised to Expand Mental Health Services
May 1, 2020

Johnson County’s proposed $1.1 billion budget for 2019 includes a $3 million increase in spending on mental health services.

The money would fund six additional workers at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, including three new case managers who would work with both children and adults.

Read more at: http://www.kcur.org/post/johnson-county-poised-expand-mental-health-services#stream/0

 

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/

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Wed, 11/03/2021 - 9:00am

Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Session

Mon, 11/22/2021 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 9:00am

Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Session