the NEWS from HQ, September, 2017

September 1, 2017


Hqcc logo medium




Dear friends,
Kids have already headed back to schools across the state. Over the next 12 months, 19% of high school-aged kids will consider suicide. Statistically, In a class size of 25, 5 kids per class will consider suicide this year. The suicide rate for teenage girls has hit a 40-year high and for teenage boys, it's up 30%. Suicide remains the #3 cause of death in ages 10-14 and #2 cause ages 15-24.
Last year, Headquarters, Inc. helped lobby for the passage of the Jason Flatt Act in Kansas. It is the only piece of legislation requiring educators in Kansas to receive suicide prevention training. I implore you talk to educators in your community about their training. Ask them if they've ever used their training in their school. Let's all do our part to learn the warning signs of suicide, learn how to have the conversation about mental health, and reach out to those about whom you might be concerned.

Visit Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center website to find a suicide prevention coalition near you. If there isn't one near you, contact us and we'll help you start one! You can also visit the MHA website and check out their free Back To School Toolkit


Give the Gift of Hope


Volunteer! %281%29

You can become a Headquarters Volunteer Counselor! We have 2 more info sessions on September 6 and 7 at 6:30 in the HQ Conference Room
211 E. 8th Street, Lawrence, KS 
Click here for more information

Thanks in part to a grant from theGreater Manhattan Community FoundationHQ will be offering an ASIST training in Manhattan, KS September 11-2. For more information or for tickets, click here

Suicide Prevention Awareness Ribbons are available from Headquarters, Inc. Call our administrative office (785) 841.9900 or send us an email. A donation is suggested, but we're happy to help anyone promote National Suicide Prevention Week!

Oct. 4, 6:30pm “The S-Word” movie. Woodruff Auditorium, Student Union. There will be a panel discussion with the director Lisa Klein after. S-Word is a documentary-style movie about survivors of suicide attempts click here for more info and to watch the trailer


Upcoming Events:

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16. We've created a Facebook Event to keep everyone updated on events around the state. If we missed one that you'd like shared, post it, or email us, and we'll get it added and include it in our special NSPW newsletter! Use and search #NSPW

Wed. Sept. 6, Suicide Prevention in the new age of Media, Social Media Club Lawrence. People's Bank, 745 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044Click here for more information.

Wed. Sept. 6, 6:30pm Volunteer information session. Headquarters Counseling Center Conference Room, 211 E. 8th St, Lawrence, KSClick here for more information

Thurs. Sept. 7, 6:30pm Volunteer information session. Headquarters Counseling Center Conference Room, 211 E. 8th St, Lawrence, KSClick here for more information

Friday, Sept. 8, 8am-4:30pm, 5th Annual Community Mental Health Summit in Leavenworth."Connecting the Pieces for Our Veterans. 123 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048 click here for more info 

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30am 5th Annual Run/Walk to bring Hope, Prevention, Awareness and Education to Shawnee County Residents. Presented by the Shawee County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Click here for more information and tickets

Sunday, Sept. 10, 8am-10am 14th Annual Remembrance Walk. Jacob L. Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112Click here for more information

September 11th and 12th, ASIST Manhattan. Click here for information and tickets

Sun. Sept. 17, 9am Speak Up Walk 2017. Ironwoods Park Amphitheater, 14701 Mission Rd, Leawood, KSClick here for more information

Fri. Sept 15, 8am-4:30pm, 5th Annual Community Mental Health Summit, Topeka. Washburn University Union Hall. Click here for more info


A few newsworthy pieces from our Facebook and Twitter feeds this month:


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