The NEWS from HQ, October 2017
October 7, 2017
Crisis Centers play a vital role in our community. For 48 years, Headquarters Counseling Center has been a safe place for anyone to call for almost any reason. If you had a bad day, are concerned about your safety, someone else's safety, grieving, struggling with addiction, if you're experiencing a mental health issue, have experienced a traumatic event, if you're thinking about suicide, know someone who might be considering suicide, or if you just need a kind voice to listen; we are here 24/7. Our local number is (785) 841-2345, National Suicide Prevention Line 800-273-8255, online chat through Headquarter's Website, or text KANSAS to 741741
Headquarters is also a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center. We are part of a national network ready to listen. We get asked all the time: "Who can call? What's going to happen when I call?" More on that below, but know that when you call, you'll be greeted by a kind voice willing help you talk your way through a crisis.
Crisis Centers are just one piece of the suicide prevention puzzle. The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention lists 4 strategic directions for suicide prevention. Treatment and support services, is one of them (teaser: we'll be discussing the other 3 in upcoming newsletters).
Who can call? What happens when I call? How does this work?
When you call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your call is routed by the area code of the phone from which you are calling. If for any reason that crisis center is unable to answer or on another call, your call is routed to the next closest call center. Your call will be answered. If you live in Kansas but your phone has an out-of-state area code, you can reach HQCC directly at 785-841-2345.
When your call is answered, you have the counselor's undivided attention. Just tell them what's on your mind. It's okay if the first few seconds are a little awkward. They'll talk you through it.
Volunteers make the difference.
Have you ever been in a store or restaurant when you could just tell the staff didn't want to be there? They're distant, unhelpful, not engaged, and maybe even rude? You can tell the difference between them and the ones who are there because they want to be.
Headquarters Counselors are 99% volunteers--they're here because they want to be and care deeply about those calling. Our counselors go through a 9-week training program and are all ASIST certified. They generally have about 100+ hours of training before answering the phones and continue to work shifts with a more experienced counselor after their graduation from training.
Research even shows us that volunteers make a huge difference in crisis centers. In this study, Comparison of the Effects of Telephone Suicide Prevention Help by Volunteers and Professional Paid Stafffound that volunteer crisis centers had significantly better call outcome ratings.
The festival will start off with Lawrence Humane Society's 11th annual Zombie Walk
with an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for Zombies dancing Thriller! John Brown's Underground and Wake the Dead Breakfast Bar will be transformed into Haunted Houses.
The night ends with Headquarters, Inc's 3rd annual Time Warp Against Suicidefundraiser. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown on a massive outdoor screen on the street. The whole event is free, including the movie, but we'll be selling prop bags, popcorn, t-shirts, and some other fun stuff. Of course we'll be happily accepting donations and event sponsorship are available.
SUPERMASSIVE THANK YOU to our sponsors for this event: Briggs Automotive Group, Midco, Silverback, Wake The Dead, John Brown's Underground, and On the Rocks Discount Liquor Store
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