it's THE NEWS from HQ, First Newsletter of 2018!
This month, Dispelling the myths of suicide, Part 2
Last month, we started with Part 1 of this 2-part series: common myths about suicide. We had the most feedback from last month's newsletter than ever before. Almost all of it was constructive, but some suggested that the format we chose was confusing. When dispelling the myths about suicide, most people hoped for a format of:
This is the myth ----------------> this is the fact and here's why. We chose the format only mentioning the truth because sometimes the myth is so wrong, it's not helpful to repeat. We choose to focus on the facts and hopeful truths about suicide. Understanding suicide and learning about it are the first steps to preventing suicide. There is always hope.
This month we continue the conversation with these facts about suicide by.
Dispelling the Myths About Suicide, part 2
Suicide Is Less About Death, and More About Ending Pain
Although death is the obvious result of a completed suicide attempt, most survivors of an attempt report that their primary concern was their pain.
Few People Suffer in Complete Silence
- Most people who kill themselves at one point reported that they felt they were a burden to others, or that they did not belong in their community.
- Many suicide attempt survivors report that although they didn’t like the idea of dying, they didn’t think there was any other way to get relief from their crippling pain.
- Claims of being a burden are a serious warning sign from someone at risk of suicide, and should be taken seriously as a cry for help.
Although not all suicidal people are able or willing to explicitly ask someone to help keep them safe, most nonetheless express clear warning signs
or calls for help.
For more information, or to read part 1, click here
- Any talk about suicide should be taken seriously. If someone confesses to suicidal feelings, even in passing, those feelings should be explored.
- Even if a suicidal person won’t explicitly advertise their suicidal thoughts, most use euphemisms such as “the pain will be gone soon,” “I keep wondering what the world will be like without me,” or any other phrase that suggests planning for death or departure.
- Any discussion of a plan for suicide reflects clear danger, and demands immediate, caring intervention.
What to do if you suspect someone is thinking about suicide:
Thursday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm Volunteer Info Session 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. All info sessions are held in the Headquarters, Inc. conference room, 211 E 8th Street, Lawrence, KS.
Thursday, January 25th:
Join us at The Salty Iguana, Lawrence, 4931 W 6th St, Lawrence, KS for our first restaurant percentage night of the year! You can save a life by just eating out. The Salty Iguana will donate 15% of your dinner purchase to Headquarters, Inc. supporting our life-saving counseling center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
And stay tuned--this event will be held on the 3rd Thursday of EVERY month in 2018!
Saturday, January 27th, 7pm: Transformations Charity Gala at Liberty Hall.
Deja Brooks Presents will host this landmark charitable event. The event titled “Transformations Charity Gala 2018” is billed as a unique talent and entertainment extravaganza that will feature men of the community competing against each other for the benefit of local charities.
Join us in cheering on Clay Burkhead who will be competing for the $10,000 prize for Headquarters, Inc!
January 30, 6:30pm (and every other Tuesday) Healing After Suicide. This support group began in the mid 90's for anyone who has been impacted by losing someone to suicide. If you are interested in attending, e-mail Marcia Epstein
For people living with Suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and/or suicide attempts. Click here to find out more information about the group, Stayin' Alive and meetings. You can also e-mail Marcia for information.
Safetalk MOCSA, February 1, 2018. Monica Kurz, director of the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center will be presenting safeTALK to the staff of MOCSA in Kansas City. MOCSA is a wonderful community partner. If you're interested in scheduling a training or presentation for your workplace, e-mail Monica, or call our administrative line: 785.841.9900
ASIST Scott City, KS, February 5-6:
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop-- ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. ASIST is a resource for the whole community. It helps people apply suicide first-aid in many settings: with family, friends, co-workers, and teammates, as well as formal care-giving roles. ASIST is an evidence-based program for addressing suicide risk. for more information, or to buy tickets, click here
. Thursday, February 8, 7-8pm KU Active Minds First Meeting of the Semester:
KU Active Minds focuses on education for mental health and ending stigmas around it. Active Minds works closely with KU CAPS, Headquarters Counseling Center, Bert Nash Mental Health Center, and several other organizations to help reach out to as many people as possible. Click here
to visit the event page to learn more about the meeting and to learn more about KU Active Minds.
Headquarters, Inc works with prevention coalitions around the state. Click here to visit the Kansas Prevention Collaborative's website and find a coalition near you, go to a meeting, and learn about what's happening in your county!
The Headquarters, Inc. Wishlist:
Become a Sustaining Partner
: 2018 is already shaping up to be one of our most ambitious years in recent history. We hope to train 50 more volunteer counselors, offer more suicide prevention training across the state, and keep up with the increased volume of calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. New changes in tax law, lack of grant funding, and overall shift in local non-profit support make fundraising even more challenging.
Just a little every month has a HUGE life-saving impact! By becoming a Sustaining Partner
, your $5, $10, or $20 monthly gift--less than you spend on coffee every month, not only provides stability, but cuts down on overhead! Sustainers receive e-mails instead of letters which saves on postage, printing, and trees! You can log-in and update your amount, payment method, or payment schedule at any time; and you can opt out of e-mails any time. Intern Sponsorship:
This year, Headquarters, Inc. has 6 interns, all Master Students from the University of Kansas. There are upcoming training opportunities that cost money. As college students, a $75 registration fee can feel like a lot. We've set up a fundraising page to help offset their costs to attend an upcoming workshop on Anxiety Disorders. You can fully or partially sponsor their attendance. Click here
to learn more or to make a sponsorship.
Headquarters Counseling Center Interns (4 of 6) 2017/2018, left to right, Nathan, Madelyn, Chelsea, and Yvette rocking the resource table at Ottowa University.