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"I've been working in the healthcare industry a long time now... I have found that the training I received at HQ was the most valuable and helpful training that I could have ever received." - Former HQCC Volunteer

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Volunteer Counselor Training - Spring 2020

Interested in volunteering to answer calls on our crisis line or crisis chat? Come to the next info meeting and learn more about what we do! After the information meeting, you'll have the opportunity to fill out an application form. After applications have been reviewed, we interview training candidates to help us select those who are the best fit for our work. 

If you are interested in learning more about our next training opportunity this coming winter/spring, join us at the next info meeting or contact Kristin Vernon, director of Counseling. You can also support our training by sponsoring a volunteer! Click here to learn more about sponsorship.

If you'd like to be reminded about when trainings are going to occur, click here to fill out the Volunteer Counselor OR click the image below and we'll send you a reminder before the next info session!

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Summer 2020 information meetings will be held in the KSPHQ Training Center - 2110 Delaware Street, Suite B; Lawrence, KS 66046

  • Monday, May 18th at 6pm
  • Thursday, May 21st at 6pm
  • Sunday, May 24th at 2pm
  • Tuesday, May 26th at 6pm

Info Sessions are the first step. Come learn about our training process and schedule. You only need to attend one, but info sessions are strongly recommended for anyone interested. 

Summer 2020 will consist of 2 training groups, one meeting on Mondays and one meeting on Sundays through the summer. The first days of training: 

  • Sunday, June 14th for the Sunday training group
  • Monday, June 15th for the Monday training group

What it Means to be a Volunteer

If you feel the calling to help others, are a compassionate listener, or want to be part of a group that answers our 25,000 calls for help each year, then please consider becoming a volunteer counselor. 

You can truly be a lifesaver.

Informational meetings are held in January, May, and August; they are open to the public and provide information about HQCC, our training program, and what it's like to volunteer at the center. Training is held three times each year, beginning in February, June, and September.

While being a volunteer counselor involves a major commitment, it is also incredibly rewarding. This is valuable training and experience for anyone, regardless of career path or stage of your life. You will learn basic listening and counseling skills that will be useful in your personal and professional life. HQCC is a great opportunity to work with a group of caring people who want to make a difference by providing direct, meaningful service to people who turn to us for help. We offer a thorough training program, so no previous training or experience is needed.

Host a Fundraiser

Headquarters, Inc relies almost entirely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations for the life-saving services we offer. Whether it's raising awareness or just wanting to help fund the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving Lawrence, Douglas County, and all of Kansas. By fundraising, you can help Headquarters increase capacity so more calls can be answered, raise suicide prevention awareness, let others know that they are not alone, and have a real impact in your community. Visit our donor page to get ideas or email our development director to get set up with your own fundraising page. 

Board of Directors and Advisors

Our Board of Directors and advisors is a diverse community who strengthen the center and our critical activities. Advisors are community volunteers who help with and serve on specific committees. Advisors are welcome at our regular monthly board meetings which take place on the 4th Monday of each month in the Headquarters, Inc. Conference Room

To learn more about volunteering to be a part of this group who works hand-in-hand with our staff, please contact CEO Steve Devore.

I don’t live in the Lawrence area - can I still help with suicide prevention? 

Everyone can help with suicide prevention. Coalitions exist throughout the state and you can find one near you or start one for your community through the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.  The Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan outlines how communities can work together to prevent suicide. 

You can volunteer remotely as a Crisis Text Line counselor for HQCC by completing the form found on CTL Online

You can serve as an advocate or by organizing a support group or awareness event. You can join the Grassroot Advocacy Network for advocacy in Kansas or the AFSP.

You can also help raise awareness through fundraising. The services offered by Headquarters are only possible with your help. We rely almost entirely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. By fundraising for Headquarters, you'll not only raise awareness, but you'll help fund the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving all of Kansas. We answer about 20,000 calls per year. Supporting those who feel as though they have nowhere else to turn is only possible with your help. Visit our donations page for ideas or email our development director to learn how easy it is to get started. 

What are the requirements for volunteers at the center?

Due to the nature of our work, we ask that all volunteer be at least 18 years old and have one year of living independently from a parent or guardian. It’s important for this to be a relatively stable time in your life, so you can focus completely on counseling those who turn to us for help.

Our training is very thorough, so no previous experience or training is required. 


Headquarters Counseling Center is proudly accredited by CONTACT USA