Who We Are


"Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, providing counseling, education, and resources for all to improve public health."

"Small but mighty." are words that have been used to describe Headquarters Counseling Center. Headquarters Counseling Center is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center that serves people from all over the state of Kansas. Our programs are operated by volunteer counselors, who are trained and supervised by our Director of Counseling, Kristin Vernon LMSW. 

Our commitment is to provide the best possible service to anyone that reaches out to us for emotional support.   

We've been credentialed by the American Association of Suicidology, the leading professional organization for suicide prevention since 2001. We were honored in 2013 with the AAS Crisis Center Excellence Award. In 2015, we became accredited by ContactUSA for Online Emotional Support for our crisis chat program. We were also awarded the Student Union Activities Community Support Award in 2015 for our work with Kansas University students. 

Visit our Learn More page to see how Headquarters serves not only Lawrence and Douglas County, KS, but the whole state and beyond. Join us by signing the Mental Health Pledge


We opened in 1969 as a drug crisis center for teens and young adults in the Lawrence, Kansas community. We quickly evolved into a center for any concern, for people of any age. Since 1985, we've been very involved with suicide prevention. And we've served the citizens of Kansas on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center network since 2001. We continue to provide free, confidential counseling as a 24 hour crisis center. 

From 2012-2015 we operated a three-year federally funded Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention program that provided training and technical assistance to communities across the state. Some of the training and technical services provided by that program are still available through our Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.


Headquarters, Inc is proudly accredited by Contact USA