With your support, Headquarters provides suicide prevention counseling, education, and resources to the entire state of Kansas and beyond.
We are the home of both Headquarters Counseling Center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. We are the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving all of Kansas. We also take calls on a local number, 785-841-2345 providing emotional support for anyone who is struggling with any problem. It might be a mental health issue, grief, bullying, sexual assault, domestic abuse, addiction, or just having a bad day. We're here 24/7 to listen when you feel as though you have nowhere else to turn.
By giving to Headquarters, you save lives. There's just no doubt. Most people considering suicide don't want to die; they struggle to find the hope to keep living.
"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 who reaches out to us for emotional support. All calls are free and confidential.
We've been credentialed by Contact USA, a national organization whose mission is to provide accreditation, leadership, support and networking opportunities to agencies and centers who offer helpline services to people in crisis via phone, and online emotional support services including chat and texting.
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.
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.