THE NEWS from HQ, January 2020

it’s THE NEWS from HQ, is Headquarters, Inc’s monthly newsletter. This month, info sessions, board recruitment, and the new 988 system.


Suicide Prevention in 2020. Let’s get to work!

988: Coming soon to a phone near you

In December, the FCC unanimously approved 988, the new “9-1-1″ for mental health.” This new system will transform the network that is currently the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It will make access to help even easier and, we believe, help remove reservation for anyone wondering if the can call. Currently, anyone can call for any reason, but many believe that to call one must be considering suicide. Though not yet operational, our contact at the FCC anticipates 988 being fully operational by late 2021 or early 2022. Click here or visit to learn more about the proposed changes.


Get Involved


Join ourBoard of Directors

The board of Headquarters, Inc. is seeking 4-5 community-minded people to join the board of directors. We also have a few openings on our working committees which plan events, help with policy, budgets, awareness, and marketing among other things.

If you’re interested in putting your talents and passion to work, we’re having a casual mixer next Monday when you can learn more about joining the board of directors or one of our committees. We’ll have refreshments, you’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and hear from our CEO about what it means to be a board or committee member. You don’t need any previous experience, you don’t need to be rich, you just need to be passionate about helping others and willing to give your time.

in 2020


Become a Volunteer Counselor

Almost every call answered on our local crisis line and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in Kansas is answered by a volunteer counselor.

Almost every Volunteer Counselor started off asking themselves, “can I do this?”

YesYou can. Our training is very thorough and through role plays, observation, and learning exercises, anyone with a passion for helping others can become a Headquarters Volunteer Counselor.

It all starts by coming to an information session (dates below). We’ll discuss our training process, schedule, and answer all of your questions. After that, you have the option of taking an application and changing your life as well as the lives of others. Info sessions start soon. Click here to sign up for one!

Our next Volunteer Info sessions will be held at Headquarters Counseling Center, 2110 Delaware Street, Suite B. Lawrence, KS 66046

  • Thursday, January 23 at 6pm
  • Tuesday, January 28 at 6pm
  • Sunday February 2 at 2pm
  • Monday February 3 at 6pm

Info Sessions last about 30 minutes and are the first step to becoming a volunteer counselor. Come learn about our training process and schedule. You only need to attend one, but info sessions are strongly recommended for anyone interested. I

If you’d like a reminder, you can sign up by clicking here and we’ll send you an email reminder!



Welcome Jared!


Jared Auten, LMSW, began as a Headquarters Volunteer Counselor in Spring of 2013. Previously, Jared was a crisis therapist at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and a case manager at Elizabeth Layton Center. During his education at the University of Kansas, Jared was a social welfare intern with Headquarters, Willow Domestic Violence Center, and Bert Nash. For the past several years, Jared has helped train many volunteer counselor training groups, making him an excellent fit as he starts his new role today as Volunteer Training Coordinator at Headquarters, Inc.


This new position enables Headquarters, Inc. to increase the number of volunteer counselors trained every year as we work to increase call capacity in our crisis center to serve more Kansans.


P.O. Box 999
Lawrence, KS 66044

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