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Mental Health First Aid instructors meet with County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson around a table in a conference room

Register now for nationally recognized mental health training

Residents who want some basic training on how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis should register today for this week’s Mental Health First Aid training. This evidence-based program builds mental health literacy and helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering a session on Thursday, March 14 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Olathe office, located at 1125 W. Spruce St. The Mental Health Center was recently named a Mental Health First Aid Champion by the National Council for Behavioral Health for this program.

To register, call Kristen Reese at 913-715-7880 or email jcmhcevents@jocogov.org today. Thanks to funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the cost for this full-day training is only $10 per person. 

Participants will be introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, gain an understanding of their impact and explore common interventions and treatment. Any individuals who interact regularly with groups within their community would benefit from Mental Health First Aid.