Headquarters, Inc., has received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to assist in suicide prevention in Kansas.
Based in Lawrence, Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, serving all 105 Kansas Counties with 24-hour crisis counseling by phone, text and online chat. The primary objective is to help Kansans at imminent risk of suicide.
Those reaching out for help are connected to a suicide prevention volunteer counselor. Each volunteer receives nearly 100 hours of training that includes classroom instruction, intervention training, roleplay and observation. Headquarters, Inc. trains about 50 volunteers annually. After completing the training, volunteers agree to provide a minimum of 300 hours of service at the crisis center.
Cost of training is significant. The Hansen Foundation grant will provide training and materials for 20 volunteers that will serve as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis counselors. Additionally, it will support the recruitment of 25 volunteers to serve as crisis counselors for the Crisis Text Line.
The most current suicide rate for Kansas per 100,000 in population is 14.7 compared to the national rate of 13.0 per 100,000 populations. In 2013, Kansas was ranked 24th highest in suicide rates in the nation. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in Kansas, and suicide rates are highest among late-middle age and senior men in Kansas.
The Foundation recognizes the value of this crisis service as a vehicle to improve the quality of life for to the people of northwest Kansas.