it's THE NEWS from HQ! December 2017

December 15, 2017

it's THE NEWS from HQ! December 2017

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it's THE NEWS from HQ, December 2017
This month: Dispelling the myths of suicide


It's fundraising season, and I know we've been shamelessly reminding you of that fact. Sorry... The simple truth is, well, Headquarters, Inc. doesn't exist without you. The 24/7 counseling center, our National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center, and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which combined impacts tens-of-thousands of people right here in Kansas every year, operate because you give. It doesn't matter how much you're able to give, it's the fact that you care enough to make a donation. 

With 2018 upon us, becoming a Sustaining Partner could be the way to go for you. It's an easy and painless way to make an automatic monthly gift to Headquarters, Inc. If you haven't made an annual gift to HQ, Inc. Click here and make a gift today--we're so close to meeting our fundraising goal--less than $20K!

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and fund-raised for Headquarters, Inc. and all of our local non-profits across the state on #GivingTuesday. Headquarters, Inc. raised nearly $4,000.00!

Happy holidays from all of us at Headquarters, Inc. Thank you for all of your support this year, it means so much.

Kristin Vernon, director of counseling services; Monica Kurz, KSPRC director; Allan Bunch, director of development


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Dispelling the myths of suicide, Part 1
By Nathan Fredrickson, Headquarters Counseling Center

Suicide is a universal tragedy that has impacted most lives in one way or another. As a result, there is much popular wisdom relating to suicide and suicidal thoughts; beliefs and attitudes that many of us hold, but few of us examine. Although it’s important that we talk about suicide and share our attitudes about suicide, it’s also important that we get the facts straight. There are many misconceptions about suicide, and many more realities that are ignored or unknown. These facts need to be part of the conversation. 

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we're going to start with the 3 most common myths about suicide. 
The truth is:
  • Suicide IS Preventable
  • Suicide does not discriminate
  • Talking openly about suicide keeps people safe

To learn more about the Warning Signs of Suicide, Click here.


Fact versus fiction


Suicide is preventable

#1: Yes, Suicide Is Preventable
Suicide is a deeply personal choice, and it can be easy to feel defeated or unable to offer meaningful support as a concerned observer of that choice. But caring intervention can tip the scales in favor of life.
  • The largest risk of a suicidal act occurs in a brief moment where the suicidal person has a plan for suicide, the ability to carry out the plan, and the resolve to complete it.
  • Even if a suicidal person continues to struggle with suicidal thoughts after a successful intervention, disarming a suicide plan substantially increases that person’s chances for survival.
  • Reaching out for any kind of help reflects a connection to life, and an ambivalence about the decision to die by suicide.


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#2: Suicide Does Not Discriminate

Although middle-aged white men kill themselves at higher rates than other demographic groups, no group is immune to suicide. 
  • People of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses have died by suicide.
  • Children as young as five have killed themselves. From 1999 to 2015, 1,309 children from the ages of five to twelve died by suicide in the US alone.
  • The rate of suicide amongst young black Americans has increased by nearly 50% in the past decade.


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#3: Talking Openly About Suicide Keeps People Safe

For many of us, Suicide is an uncomfortable topic, especially if someone is talking about their own suicidal feelings or the suicidal feelings of their loved ones. But it is always best to be open and explicit about suicide when discussing those feelings. Ask, "Are you thinking about Suicide?" 
  • Talking about suicide with a suicidal person does not increase their risk of trying to kill themselves.
  • A depressed person who is not considering suicide will never consider it as an option simply by talking about it.
  • The best way to ensure suicidal people stay safe is to know the exact extent of their suicidal feelings and plans. Euphemisms (e.g., “will you do something stupid?”) are not enough.


Headquarters volunteers are the best

Are you interested in volunteering to answer calls on our crisis line or crisis chat? Come to the next info meeting and learn more about what we do! After the information meeting, you'll have the opportunity to fill out an application form. After applications have been reviewed, we interview training candidates to help us select those who are the best fit for our work. 

Volunteer Info Sessions are the first step to becoming an HQCC Volunteer. You only need to attend one, and we have 4 opportunities for you to attend:

  • Wednesday, January 17th at 6pm
  • Monday, January 22nd at 6pm
  • Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm

For more information, visit:



Some recommended reading for the plane, car ride, or a few extra minutes of bathroom reading to avoid your in laws.

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers? The Guardian, December 6, 2017

A father's choice: Phil Tyler wants to talk about his son's suicide The Spokesman-Review, December 5, 2017

Once a troubled vet, he now helps othersSouthCoastToday, December 4, 2017

It took 20 years to share my mental health struggles. My silence could have killed meThe Root, December 4, 2017

The Enlightening Talk Parents Aren’t Having Can Keep Teens from a Damaging Drift Hands Free Mama



Upcoming Events:

ASIST Douglas County January 25th and 26th, 2018, made possible by the United Way of Douglas County. For more information, email Monica, Director KSPRC

Volunteer Info Sessions 
  • Wednesday, January 17th at 6pm
  • Monday, January 22nd at 6pm
  • Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm
Headquarters, Inc. Conference room, 211 E 8th Street, lower level. For more information, click here

K-12 Teacher Training: Risk Factors and warning signs. January 3, 2018

University of Kansas RA TrainingJanuary 10-12: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention


211 E 8th St Ste C, Lawrence, KS 66044