Text “Talk2Me” to 81509
Warrensburg, MO (January 2, 2019) —The Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation is excited announce that the much-anticipated, anonymous communication service, Talk2Me, will launch on Jan. 15, 2019. Talk2Me, the project funded by the Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation, Compass Health Network, and many donors, will allow individuals to communicate anonymously with master’s level trained professionals if they are experiencing a mental health crisis.
The need for additional mental health resources and support in the Johnson County area was identified as a high priority health issue in the 2014-2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted by Western Missouri Medical Center and Johnson County Community Health Services.
The need to improve mental health resources prompted the WMMC Foundation’s Annual Support committee to unanimously support raising funds for the initial startup of the Talk2Me program. The WMMC Foundation began raising funds in early 2017 and completed its goal of $20,000 by December 2017. The implementation team has worked diligently to bring this resource to Johnson County and is confident that this service will make a large impact in our greater community.
The Talk2Me program is a secure, anonymous communication service that allows people to receive help with a crisis or concern through text or computer – breaking the code of silence in these situations. The program will link people to a mental health professional employed by Behavioral Health Response (BHR). The idea to involve BHR as the response team was brought to the WMMC Foundation by Compass Health Network and has proven to be a great addition to the Talk2Me project. This will allow for professional responses in a timely manner.
How it works: A user sends the phrase “talk2me” to 81509 via text message or email. Professionals at BHR will receive the communication and start the conversation. If needed, BHR can connect the user with a local professional from Compass Health Network for additional assistance. Additionally, identifying information may be obtained in an emergency situation for immediate help. This particular service has been geared towards adolescents in the Johnson County area, however, anyone seeking help will be counseled.
For additional information about the WMMC Foundation, please visit WMMC.com/Foundation.
About Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation
The Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) Foundation is a 509(a)3, not-for-profit organization. Established in 1987, its sole purpose is to support and enhance WMMC’s mission. The Foundation accomplishes this by securing private gifts and financial support from individuals and area businesses. These philanthropic gifts are used to enhance existing facilities, products and services offered by WMMC. They are also used to expedite the construction of new facilities, speed the delivery of new products, bring on the latest technology and expand the medical center’s services in order to continue to meet the growing health needs of the citizens Johnson County and West Central Missouri.
About Western Missouri Medical Center
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com.
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