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Headquarters Inc. Suicide Prevention Program

Headquarters Inc. Suicide Prevention Resource Center recently received grant money through GMCF to implement a local suicide prevention program. Nineteen people including police officers, sexual assault helpers, a suicide survivor support group, and representatives from the community attended the two day program in September to receive a 15 hour training certificate. Pawnee Mental Health Center employees assisted with the training ensuring that people left with a greater awareness of how to identify and respond to people that may be at risk of suicide. Funding is still being sought to implement this program in more communities which has already been implemented in Manhattan, Lawrence, Scott City, and other rural communities. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Kansas with 407 in 2015 increasing to 512 in 2016. If you know anyone that is at risk of suicide or are thinking of suicide please call 1-800-273-8255.

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