About HQ

Our Mission

HeadQuarters Kansas provides vital services to prevent suicide, support safety, and build resilience.

Since 1969, we’ve pioneered crisis counseling, training, and advocacy to provide help, hope and healing to all Kansans. Our staff are survivors and families, donors and volunteers who believe in the power of hope. Together, we are working to create safer communities across all 105 counties in Kansas. New name, Same mission While we have returned to the name that fits us best, HeadQuarters Kansas, our mission remains the same — and our services are now bringing help and hope to every corner of Kansas.

Our Vision

Every Kansan deserves the chance to live a full life. But every 16 hours a Kansan takes their life — and ripples of pain radiate out into the lives of loved ones and communities. It doesn’t have to be this way. HeadQuarters Kansas is leading a movement to prevent suicide and build resilience by connecting every Kansan with the services, support and resources they need. Together with volunteers, leaders and partners like you, we are creating safer communities where every one of us — survivors, supporters or someone struggling right now — can find the connections to live with health, hope, and resilience.

We envision a day when all Kansans feel connected and live healthy, hopeful lives.

Ruby Mae Johnson

Interim Executive Director

Hope Blankenship

Director of Operations

Jared Auten

Crisis Line Director

Michelle Fales, Board Chair
Julia Butler, Vice Chair
Elmwood Ott, Secretary
Adnan Pekusic, Treasurer

Stephen Maceli, Board Member
Ramon Gonzalez, Board Member
Adam Weingartner, Board Member