2017 Annual Report

Headquarters, Inc. 2017 Annual Report


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

Headquarters, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit comprised of Headquarters Counseling Center (HQCC) and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center (KSPRC). Headquarters, Inc. is funded by generous individual, foundation, and business donations; with additional funding from KDADS, the United Way of Douglas County, and the KU Student Senate. To make a personal gift in support of our life-saving services, visit our donations page click clicking here. 

2017 was an exciting chapter in the nearly 49-year history if Headquarters, Inc. We welcomed 4 new
board members: Chris Cullinan, Blue Valley School district; David Frizzell, Kansas Department of
Commerce; Bruce Liese, University of Kansas; and Tiffany Johnson, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

In January 2017, Monica Kurz was hired as the director of the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center and
revitalized the KSPRC. The KSPRC provides training and technical resources to communities, their
leaders, businesses, educators, mental healthcare providers, and concerned citizens across the state to
further suicide prevention in their communities. A volunteer, trainer, and advocate since 2005, Monica
provided 6 ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) training events across the state through
the KSPRC, and hosted/participated in over 3 dozen community events and presentations. Many of these
trainings were provided by grants and partnerships from community foundations such as the Greater
Manhattan Community Foundation, Prairie Band Pottawattamie Nation, the University of Kansas, the
Kansas Prevention Collaborative, countless community coalitions, and Haskell Indian Nations University,
just to name a few.

HQCC provides 24/7 services, 365 days per year, through our local phone number (785-841- 2345), the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL, 800-273-8255), online chat, and follow-up correspondence. Our crisis center
is staffed by committed volunteer counselors and one paid staff member. In our 3 training sessions of
2017, 38 new volunteers completed our 9-week training program and were welcomed as volunteer
counselors at HQCC. Our volunteer counselors took 19,026 calls through our local support line and the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). HQCC is the only NSPL Crisis Center serving all 105 counties
in Kansas.
The NSPL is a network of 160 crisis centers nationwide offering 24/7 crisis counseling through
the number 800-273- TALK(8255). Calls came from nearly every county in Kansas as well as 940 from out
of state. As part of this network, when a caller is in crisis, their call will roll to another crisis center if our volunteers are on the [hone with other callers, resulting in a very high answer rate. 

Headquarters, Inc. participated in over 2 dozen community events across the state in 2017 such as:
AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walk, LHS Paw Valley 5K and festival, Free State High School’s Miles for
Mental Health, 13 Reasons why community forum, the TransKansas5 Conference, KU Theatre
presentation of Next to Normal, Cerner’s mental health conference, KU Student Housing Fall Training
Resource Fair, the KU volunteer fair, the VA resource fairs in Leavenworth and Topeka, Speak Up, NSPW
candlelight memorial; DCCCA Recovery Day, Born This Way Foundation’s #ChannelKindness event and
many more.

Once again, Headquarters, Inc. owes many thanks to the generous donors from around the state and
country to value the services we offer.