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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


Johnson 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

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

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

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

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, community prevention coordinator, at megan.clark@jocogov.org or 913-715-7880.

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Site Coordinators
Donating a Meal
Monetary donation

For more information:



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

To make a donation

If you would like to make a contribution to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, donations may be sent to:

Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center
600 Lamar Ave, Suite 130
Mission, Kansas 66202

When writing a check, please make it out to Friend of Johnson County Mental Health and include "Suicide Prevention Coalition" in the memo.

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.

Mental health internships, practicum and field experience

Update related to COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 11:27 a.m.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is currently accepting applications for student positions for Fall 2020. JCMHC is committed to student and client safety and will be consistently monitoring and modifying working conditions to meet the latest safety requirements and recommendations.


Johnson County Mental Health Center supports the professional training of students through the establishment of collaborative relationships with institutions of higher learning by offering unpaid student practicum, internships, and other student field experience opportunities for a variety of disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate level field experiences are available in both clinical and non-clinical disciplines.

Space is limited and is based upon the availability of staff field instructors. Students will be placed with a team at one of our three Johnson County Mental Health Center locations (Shawnee, Mission, or Olathe).

Current Partnerships

Johnson County Mental Health Center holds active agreements with the following schools:

  • Emporia State University
  • Friends University
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Kansas State University
  • Park University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Walden University 

At this time Johnson County Mental Health Center is accepting students from only the schools listed above.


To apply for field experience at Johnson County Mental Health Center, please review the guidelines for field experience at JCMHC below and complete the online application. If you have questions, please contact mnh-students@jocogov.org

Formal Guidelines


The purpose of the Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) Field Experience Program is to partner with area institutions of higher learning to provide their students with relevant training and work experience while enhancing JCMHC consumer services and increasing community awareness of JCMHC resources and services. We are committed to ensuring that students have exemplary experiences while continuing to provide JCMHC consumers with high quality services. Students are an important part of our team. These Field Experience Guidelines are designed to provide fair and equal treatment to all students placed at JCMHC. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in termination of the student’s placement.

The Application Process

Students interested in field experience with JCMHC must review these guidelines and submit the completed Field Experience Application to MNH-students@jocogov.org. If selected for field experience at JCMHC, you will receive an official notification email and Student Agreement to be signed by you and your JCMHC Field Instructor. Kansas and Missouri background checks will be completed on all potential students by office management staff. Questionable activity on a background check will be reviewed by our Human Resources Department, possibly resulting in denial of acceptance into the Student Field Experience Program at JCMHC.

Placement and Supervision

Each student will be assigned a Field Instructor who is responsible for providing training, instructions, supervision, and evaluation of performance. All students who have clinical responsibility should receive a minimum of one hour of supervision per week, in accordance with most academic programs. Clinical supervision may be completed in a group setting. 

Students are asked to consult with their Field Instructors to arrange appropriate work schedules, making sure to advise the Instructor of any change in schedule during their time at JCMHC. Evaluations and feedback on the student’s work should be provided as needed and according to school requirements. Evaluations provide the opportunity to review the student’s work and ensure that the field experience and instruction are meeting academic needs.

Documenting Field Experience Hours

Students are required to track hours for their time at JCMHC. It is very important to report accurate hours to ensure that school requirements for hours of experience are met.


Students are required to attend JCMHC trainings relevant to the field experience placement by enrolling in the earliest possible training sessions available. Most JCMHC trainings are available at no cost to the student. It is the Field Experience Instructor’s responsibility to provide on-the-job training and to relay all relevant JCMHC communications in a timely manner.

Professional Conduct

JCMHC students are an important part of our team and are asked to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner at all times. Due to the confidential nature of our work, each student will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. JCMHC, state, and federal confidentiality rules and regulations concerning consumer information govern students and staff. All files, records, documents, notes, reports, memoranda, or other materials generated by students in connection with their work at JCMHC are the sole property of JCMHC. 

Problem Resolution

JCMHC is committed to providing outstanding experience, supervision, and training for students. If problems arise with the team placement, the Field Instructor and student should discuss the problems, determine possible solutions, and review goals and performance expectations. All problem areas and interventions should be clearly identified and documented as a part of this process.

Occasionally, a situation may arise which cannot be resolved. In such an event, it may be necessary to discontinue or alter the Field Experience or Instruction arrangement. Possible grounds for termination of Field Experience may include, but are not limited to, the following: gross misconduct or insubordination, abuse or mistreatment of consumers or coworkers, working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, theft of property or misuse of JCMHC property or materials, failure to satisfactorily perform assigned duties, and failure to abide by policies or procedures. 

Insurance and Liability

JCMHC does not provide health or liability coverage to students participating in Field Experience. As such, for clinical student placements, the School must provide written assurance or evidence of professional liability insurance coverage which is deemed acceptable by JCMHC in the amount of $1,000,000 per claim or occurrence and $3,000,000 annual aggregate. Proof of such coverage may not be required for non-clinical students, depending upon the placement.

End of Field Experience

Students must inform their Field Instructors of their impending departure at least two (2) weeks in advance. Members of the JCMHC Staff Development Team will conduct an an exit interview before students may exit the JCMHC Field Experience Program.

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
*Limited Scholarships available for those who need financial assistance


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


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


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 Youth & Family Services – 920 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


Kevin McGuire
Mental Health (JCMHC) | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019 | Can roll into ex-officio role when term ends.


Rennie McKinney
Healthcare | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2020 | Will roll into chair position.


Megan Clark
Mental Health (JCMHC)


Shana Burgess
Mental Health (JCMHC)


Ann Karty, MD
Healthcare | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019 | Can be extended to an additional two years.


Bonnie Swade
Community | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019 | Can be extended to an additional two years.


Johnny Roland
Law Enforcement | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019 | Can be extended to an additional two years.


Angie Salava
Education | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2020 | Can be extended to an additional two years.


Clair Canaan
Law Enforcement | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2020 | Can be extended to an additional two years.


James Cochran
Faith | Term Expires Dec. 31, 2020 | Can be extended to an additional two years.




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 ChildSafe 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 ChildSafe. 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 opportunity to talk openly about suicide & how this show impacted 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 Coalition. 

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.

  • Implement research-informed communication efforts designed to prevent suicide by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Provide training to community and clinical service providers on the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.
  • ​Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services.

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.

To make a donation

If you would like to make a contribution to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, donations may be sent to:

Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center
6000 Lamar Ave, Suite 130
Mission, Kansas 66202

When writing a check, please make it out to Friend of Johnson County Mental Health and include "Suicide Prevention Coalition" in the memo.

JCHMC Videos

Suicide Rates on the Rise in Kansas and Missouri


Suicide Awareness Video

It's Okay if You're not Okay Podcast


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You can listen here or on any of your favorite podcast apps: PodbeanApple PodcastsGoogle Play, Pocket CastsSpotify or Stitcher.

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Hope in recovery online series


Connect directly with professionals to ask questions and learn skills to help you or your loved one in your recovery. When you have hope about what you can accomplish tomorrow, it improves your life today. 

Exploring Hope

12 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Join Johnson County Mental Health Center Psychologist Todd Schemmel, Ph.D. to talk about the role that hope can play in your wellbeing and recovery. Here's a sample.
Register here

Coping with Anxiety

12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
If you experience anxiety, then you know the ways it can impact your relationships and work. Chat with Kori Hintz-Bohn, MA, LCPC, executive director and founder of Renew, Inc about skills you can use to manage your anxiety. Check out this clip. 
Register here

Kansas Supports for Quitting Tobacco

12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Kansas Department of Health Promotion Cessation Coordinator Matthew Schrock works every day to help individuals in Kansas quit using tobacco. Get an overview of the resources available in Kansas to help you along your own journey in this Zoom chat. Here's a snip of it.
Register here

Building Social Supports

12 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020
Establishing and growing connections with others are essential for progressing in recovery. Pathway to Hope Executive Director Kiersten Adkins is available to talk about specific skills for building these relationships during this interactive session. Listen in to this brief overview.
Register here

Registration problem? Please reach out for help. 


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

Staff members are happy to come to your location to present information to your classroom, activities group, or parent group.

Please complete the following information and send to us by clicking “submit” after completing the request form. We will contact you as soon as possible.

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