Due to wet conditions, we are POSTPONING tonight’s World Suicide Prevention Day Luminaries to next Monday, September 14. We’re very sad to move the event, but the paper luminaries are not going to hold up in the wet conditions today.
We thank you for your understanding. This was a hard decision to make. Tonight, on World Suicide Prevention Day, we ask you to place a candle in your window at home to remember the loved ones we have lost, to celebrate the strength of those who are with us, and to honor anyone who grieves. You are loved. You are valued. You are appreciated.
You are loved. You are valued. You are appreciated.
Continue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day Luminaries at KSPHQ”
KSPHQ presents Adventures in Fundraising, a (nearly) 24-hour tele-web-a-text-a-thon!
We’ll be streaming across all of our social media accounts, including this one, to raise money for comprehensive suicide prevention education, support, and crisis services provided by Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ across Kansas through our two programs, Headquarters Counseling Center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
More details to come! Please check back or sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and educated!
By Kalli Sanders, HQ Counselor, Peer Support Counselor, and Administrative Coordinator (hey, we all wear a lot of hats around there)
I work at a suicide prevention crisis line. I’m also a mom. Like all parents, I’m horrified at the thought of somehow losing my child. We promote seatbelts and street safety. We talk about safety at home and in public. Our kids have lockdown drills at school to prepare for active shooters. Yet, it’s suicide that is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids ages 10-24. Continue reading “Parenting from an HQ counselor perspective”
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (KSPHQ) is seeking community members to join our board of directors. Join us for this virtual event to learn more about potentially becoming a member of the board, one of our committees, or just getting involved in suicide prevention in Kansas Continue reading “Board of Directors Recruitment Event”
Building a safety plan, Jared Auten, LMSW
Safety is certainly a concept on the minds of many as we navigate a global pandemic. Our current moment highlights how a crisis, at a minimum, discombobulates us and leaves us feeling out of sorts. Instead of feeling calm and collected we might be figuratively filling the car with toilet paper or denying the fact that there is a problem in the first place (maybe this analogy is just too literal). The point is that planning for safety doesn’t have to be a reactionary response or an afterthought.
Now, safety planning as it relates to suicide prevention and intervention isn’t the same as getting ready for a global pandemic like a doomsday-prepper, but it does entail the same basic principle; if we thoughtfully prepare and plan for a crisis, then the outcome can be improved and the intensity of the experience can be reduced.
Safety planning is a preventative strategy for managing individual suicide risk and mental health crises. It is something we can do for ourselves or collaboratively with a loved one or mental health/ healthcare professional. Using basic strategies and thinking about and writing out a plan, we’re working to recognize existing protective factors and reduce risk factors during a crisis.
It goes like this: Continue reading “Safety Planning”
For Immediate Release:
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ announces FCC approval of 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 3-digit Number. Continue reading “FCC approves 988”
Several years ago, Headquarters was restructured to include additional programs outside of the counseling center. The new organization name was Headquarters, Inc., the “parent organization,” (or “umbrella,” if you will) of Headquarters Counseling Center, the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and future programs, partnerships, and opportunities to serve where there is a community need.
To better serve the public, Headquarters, Inc. will become
KSPHQ, or the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ–still the home of Headquarters Counseling Center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Continue reading “Headquarters, Inc. is now KSPHQ, or the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ”
If you don’t receive the monthly HQ newsletter and would like to,
Staying hopeful in a socially-distanced life…
Continue reading “THE NEWS(letter) from HQ, April 2020”
In an effort to keep our volunteer counselors safe and healthy, Headquarters, Inc. is temporarily closing off our office to visitors. As part of this precautionary step, all staff will work remotely, and meetings/trainings will be suspended or take place virtually. Administratively, Headquarters, Inc. will maintain business as usual, remotely. Continue reading “KSPHQ Covid-19 precautions”