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September is Suicide Awareness Month

Have you or anyone you know experienced any the following signs or symptoms:

Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.
Preoccupation with death.
Suddenly happier, calmer after a period of depression
Loss of interest in things one cares about.
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
Giving things away, such as prized possessions.


For individuals experiencing any of these symptoms or signs, you can contact KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center for further support and guidance at 785-742-7113.

Kailey Patton appointed Clinical Director

With the retirement of Margi Ross, Kailey Patton was appointed Clinical Director on May 1st 2018.

Kailey Patton, LCMFT, LCAC, has been employed at KANZA since April of 2015. Prior to being Clinical Director, Kailey was a therapist with KANZA for three years providing services to individuals, families, and couples.

Youth Mental Health at School

August is back-to-school month, and we all know what that means. The new school year means new clothes, shoes, school supplies and more. But part of preparing to go back to school, whether as a student or teacher, also means taking care of your mental health and well-being.

During the transition back into the school year, students and teachers alike can face a variety of mental health challenges, so knowing how to recognize and provide assistance tailored to the individual’s needs is important.




Northeast Kansas County Comissioners declare May Mental Health Month.

David Elsbury, CEO of Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center presented Brown, Doniphan, Nemaha and Jackson County commissions with a proclamation for Mental Health Month.  The signed proclamation declares the importance of mental health awareness in communities and how everyone plays a vital part in mental health success.  This year’s theme for Mental Health month is Risky Business – a call to educate our communities about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating a mental illness.

Brown County Commission; Pictured left to right David Elsbury, Kanza CEO, County Commissioner Dwight Kruse, Steve Roberts, and Keith Olsen

Doniphan County Commission; Pictured left to right Jerry McKernan, Tim Collins, Thad Geiger, and Kanza CEO, David Elsbury

Jackson County Commission; Pictured left to right Commissioner  William Elmer, Rob Ladner, Kanza CEO, David Elsbury and Commissioner Janet Zwonitzer

Nemaha County Commission. Pictured left to right:  County Commissioner Tim Burdiek, Dennis Henry, Kanza CEO David Elsbury, and Commissioner Gary Scoby.

May is Mental Health Month

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?


Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

Sometimes people struggling with mental health develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and destructive relationships potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.

This May is Mental Health Month; Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center is raising awareness of Risky Business. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.

We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgment-free way. When we engage in prevention and early identification and provide treatment,, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness. So, let’s talk about what is and is not risky business

To take the quiz:


February 2015

Mental Health First Aid a growing success says National Council on Behavioral Healthcare. “Now with more than 6,300 instructors, the program has spread to all 50 states. Since 2008, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. have completed the Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to help youth and adults with mental health and substance use concerns connect to care in their communities.” Since May of 2010 Kanza has delivered 16 trainings and trained 248 persons in our four county area. Courses have been held in all four counties. Our post-training evaluation scores show an approval rating of 4.38 on a five point scale. Kanza’s certified adult and youth MHFA trainers are Jolene Lowe, CBS Assistant Director and David Elsbury, CEO. Kanza has been asked to join with KDADS and the Kansas Department of Education to provide MHFA training for staff of the schools in Brown County. If you are interested in scheduling a class, please contact David Elsbury at 785-742-7113.

November 2014

KANZA is proud to be included as one of eight local non-profit agencies Thrivent Financial is choosing to support in its second annual “Championing Charities” events in 2015. Hiawatha’s event will occur Sunday, November 16th from 11:30-2:30 pm during the Jingle Bell Ride. Championing Charities will be located on the square at PRTS 200 Oregon St. Sabetha’s event will occur on Friday, November 28th from 4:30 – 7:30 pm during the Window Opening event at the Community Center 1116 Main Street. Please join your friends at KANZA at this Christmas fundraiser event. There will be live music, a coat drive and food and fun. You can support the KANZA Mental Health Foundation and the Center’s mission of HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW with your tax deductible donation. Click Here to View Flyers: Hiawatha Flyer and Sabetha Flyer

May 2014

KANZA is pleased to announce that it has purchased its first building in Doniphan County to house our agency and its services to the citizens of Doniphan County. The new facility is approximately 1400 square feet of usable office space and will provide a much improved location for the Center’s clinical services in Doniphan County. It is located at 134 E. Walnut St. on the north side of the Troy town square. Services began at this site on April 15th, 2014.