The Overland Park Police Department wants residents to know there is help for those struggling with mental health struggles.
Overland Park Police Department hosts mental health symposium
LIFE...NEW AT 5 --A GAP OF CONFUSIONBETWEEN THE PUBLICPERCEPTION OF HOWOFFICERS HANDLESITUATIONS WITH PEOPLEIN-CRISIS41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER JORDAN BETTSSHOWS HOW POLICE INOVERLAND PARK AREAIMING TO HELP FOLKSUNDERSTAND HOW THEDEPARTMENTAPPROACHES SUSPECTSLIVING WITH MENTALILLNESS...THE OVERLAND PARKPOLICE WANT YOU TOKNOW THERE IS HELP FORTHOSE STRUGGLING WITHMENTAL HEALTH.OFFICER JUSTIN SHEPHERD,OVERLAND PARK POLICEDEPARTMENT"At every shift we have somecall related to a mental healthcomponent."THE DEPARTMENTPROVIDES RESOURCES TOTHE COMMUNITY THROUGHTHEIR CRISISINTERVENTION TEAM.ON SATURDAY - THE TEAMTAUGHT PEOPLE HOWTHEY TRAIN TODEESCALATE A SITUATIONTO HELP SOMEONE IN THELONG RUN WITH MENTALILLNESS.OFFICER JUSTIN SHEPHERD,OVERLAND PARK POLICEDEPARTMENT"We like the idea of it being aset of tools that they use intheir tool belt.
Be able toidentify the situation that theyare walking into and be betterprepared to handle thesituation that is handed orprovide resources and helpafter the fact.ONE PERSON WHO CAMETO LEARN IS SARAPURCELL.SARA PURCELL, SCHOOL NURSE"I am a school nurse in a localschool district here."SHE SEES KIDS ON A DAILYBASIS WITH ANXIETY ANDSAYS THEIR NEEDS GOBEYOND HER NURSINGDEGREE.SARA PURCELL, SCHOOL NURSE"They just need time to talk itout and get out of theclassroom.
Get out for aminute to decompress andsometimes it's stressful."PURCELL HOPES HERATTENDANCE will help ENDTHE STIGMA.SARA PURCELL, SCHOOL NURSE"It's so common and it's not anabnormal thing."AND SHE WANTS HERSTUDENTS TO KNOW THEYARE NOT ALONE IN THEIRFIGHT.SARA PURCELL, SCHOOL NURSE"Anything I can learn is jus