The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained survivor and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Suicide survivors are those persons who have had a loved one complete a suicide and are at risk due to their emotional response, which may include the use of unhealthy coping strategies or attempting suicide themselves.
The LOSS Team is activated by first response officials when a suicide occurs to provide resources, support, and hope to suicide survivors. The volunteers provide immediate assistance to survivors to help them cope with the trauma of their loss, provide follow-up contact with the survivors, and coordinate the utilization of services and support groups within the community.
In coordination with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and the LOSS Development Group, the Lincoln-Lancaster Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team began operating in July, 2009. The goals of the Lincoln-Lancaster Team are to both provide the clear message of hope, so that survivors can move through their time of shock and despair, and to sustain itself indefinitely within the Lincoln-Lancaster County community.
The LOSS Team was recognized in 2010 for a Horizon Award, which "recognizes special individuals
that enrich our community by sharing their time, resources, and talents to make Lincoln a healthier place."
The First National LOSS Conference was held May 19-21, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference was very well received and informative. Dr. Frank Campbell spoke to conference attendees including clinicians, nurses, survivors, Coalition members, and suicide prevention specialists on the benefits of a LOSS Team.
For more information, please visit the Conference page.
News and Updates
2013 LOSS Conference: Save the Date!
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation in partnership with the National Loss Team Committee invites you to save the date for The National Loss Team Conference: In the Journey of Loss, We Can Find Meaning Again. The conference will be held September 10-11, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Frank Campbell will serve as the Keynote speaker this year.
NET Airs Program About Suicide Awareness and Prevention
"Ask A Question, Save A Life," a program recently aired on NET Television, discusses three groups of people at high risk for suicide: youth (suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Nebraska), the military and older adults. Click here to see the full video.
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LOSS Team in the News
The goal of the Local Outreach Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team is to offer help and hope to further suicide survivors in the Lincoln area. This article tells the story of how these brave survivors have come to their position on the LOSS Team, as well as the journey they have taken together in helping others deal with traumatic experiences like their own.
- Click here to view the first in the three-part series of articles in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- The second article tells how Lincoln/Lancaster LOSS Team came to be. To view the article, click here.
- The Lincoln Journal Star published a final article about the story of Cindy Lange-Kubick, a woman who is trying to get the word out about the LOSS Team. Click here to view the article.