...In 2000 my wife convinced me to go to college as a music major. That same year I started to work for Youthville which was a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) where I supervised cottages of boys with anger issues, sexual aggression issues and younger kids of abuse. I worked for Youthville for 10 years. I was a trainer for Therapeutic Crisis intervention and Trauma informed care. I also attended a training on Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics by Dr. Bruce Perry. I would eventually change my major to Human Services.
I am married to a beautiful soul who has been my rock through this journey. She is finishing her degree to be a therapist. My daughter graduated from Kansas State University and was the drum major for the K-State Band. My son is currently attending Wichita State University and I have a younger son who is in the 6th grade. Yes we like to spread them out.
In 2014 I took the job at Compass Behavioral Health to supervise the Children’s unit for Community Base Services. I was asked to go to the Yellow Ribbon training to find out more about the Yellow Ribbon and to see if we wanted to implement the program in our community. After the training I had a meeting with my leadership and told them that we had to do this. Yellow Ribbon is a whole different concept in suicide prevention. I have had trainings from QPR and ASSIST, however I felt that this program was made for teens and schools.
In 2015 we started to implement the program in the schools. With the help of a councilor (Melanie Scott) who was also driven to help kids in our community we were able to get the training to all high school students! We also started our teen group which has now grown to about 15 members. In 2016 the teen group did a video to help raise awareness in our community. The video received state and national recognition and was used at the end of every teen training! In 2017 the school districts of 443 and 613 made Yellow Ribbon the official Suicide Prevention program across the district. This gave us the opportunity to train all teachers, administrators, counselors and paras across our district. We are currently starting to train middle school students in our district.
Other teen groups were formed around our community. Cimarron High school created a group and did a video for suicide awareness, and Minneola High school also has a teen group. This year one of our officers from our teen group was elected to the International Youth Council as Vice President. I was elected to Chair of the Board of Directors for Yellow Ribbon International!
So the question is, what ever happen to the music. Well in 2001 I was signed under a record company and eventually would sign with an independent label. Through the years I have recorded 6 albums, my music has been aired on radio stations all over the world and I continue to write instrumental music. You can hear the music at www.richardfalcon.com.
If your have any questions about Yellow Ribbon and how to get it into your community. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com. my goal is to help every community with suicide prevention. And always remember, “It's OK To Ask 4 Help!"