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Overland Park, KS: Elem school nurse see kids with anxiety "on a daily basis"

Nov 15, 2019, KSHB TV, Kansas City, MO: Overland Park Police Department hosts mental health symposium OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —The Overland Park Police Department wants residents to know there is help for those trying to manage mental health issues. "At every shift, we have some call related to a mental health component," Officer Justin Shephard said. The department provides resources to the community through its crisis intervention team. On Saturday, the team taught people how they train, from how they deescalate a situation to long-term help for someone who has a mental illness…. One person who came to learn is Sara Purcell. She is a nurse at a local school district and sees children on a daily basis who have anxiety. Purcell said she needs an extra tool in her tool box to help those children. "They just need time to talk it out and get out of the classroom," Purcell said. "Get out for a minute to decompress and sometimes it's stressful." She said she hopes her attendance first will help end the stigma. "It's so common," Purcell said, "and it's not an abnormal thing."…


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