You Are Not Alone!
When a serious mental illness strikes you or someone close to you, you may feel very much alone. Obtaining access to services and support which can assist you through this difficult time can often be confusing and somewhat overwhelming. Once “in the system”, your feelings of isolation and confusion can persist. Service providers may not take the necessary time to fully explain a serious mental health consition and how it affects you or your loved one. What is the diagnosis? What treatment and service options are available? What is expected of you?
NAMI Johnson County would like to reassure you that you are not alone. There are many others who have shared questions, anxieties and experiences similar to yours. This web site has been prepared to facilitate access to services and support for persons affected by mental illness, including the individual living with mental illness and family members and others who serve as caregivers.
Mental Health Awareness Week - October 3rd, 2017
We would like to invite you to hear about what we do and where we are going. Find out about our programs and services while enjoying some good ole' fashioned smores!
When: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Where: Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene
6301 Nall Avenue
Prarie Village, KS
We've Added MORE Family-to-Family Options!
Beginning in 2017 NAMI Johnson Coutny will offer three location options for our Family-to-Family classes Leawood, Overland Park, and Prairie Village. For more details about these sessions and the next scheduled dates click here.
Focus agenda on people of Kansas
When Lynn Kohr arrived at her Petco job one day, she advised her boss that she was having problems with the voices in her head. He suggested she work in the back room rather than with customers. Just another day in the life of a Kansan coping with mental health illnesses, including schizoaffective disorder and...
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NAMI Applauds Confirmation of Elinore McCance-Katz as new Federal Leader on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
On August 3, 2017, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first ever Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. This new federal leadership position was created by Congress as part of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
Olathe Police add second mental health responder to their ranks
Sometimes police are called, but the situation isn’t actually a crime, it’s a person needing mental health support.
Judge tosses lawsuit against Kansas sexual predator program
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Kansas sex offenders who are confined indefinitely in a state program for post-prison mental health treatment, saying they didn’t do enough to substantiate their claims.
Do You Know the Layers of Self-Advocacy?
Mental health care is a complex system. Laws and regulations, government budgets, and research on best practices and educational standards for various services, all create the umbrella of resources we use when we are struggling. And it is in our interest to advocate for ourselves as we seek shelter beneath that umbrella.
Self-advocacy—promoting and supporting our own interests and well-being—requires reflection and self-awareness to know what does and doesn’t work for us. Sometimes, we need the courage to say: “I don’t know what I need. Can you help me figure it out?”
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