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 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."
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This training will be held at from 8:30am-4:30pm on March 26, 2015 at the Williamson Conference Center at the Wingate by Wyndham (1209 N IH 35, Round Rock, Texas, 78664). This training will cover 1) what we know about sudden and traumatic loss; 2) theoretical presentation on the development and resolution of crisis: crisis theory”; 3) grief, trauma, and the potential benefits of an Active Postvention Model (APM) for any community; 4) table top planning; and 5) question and answer session. More...
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The Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference will be held on July 21-23 in Kansas City, MO. You are invited to add your knowledge and expertise to this great learning opportunity. Proposals will be selected based on their quality of evidence-based practices, cultural sensitivity, applicability, applicant experience and education, presentation method and originality. More...
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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas will be in Norfolk and Wayne on January 29-30 and will speak at five separate presentations. Dr. Spencer-Thomas provides a very unique view about suicide prevention as advocate, clinician and a person who survived her brothers suicide. More...
Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 8:00am -9:30am
Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 11:00am 12:00noon
Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 3:30pm 5:00pm
Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 7:00pm 9:00pm
Date and Time: January 30, 2015 from 7:30am 1:00pm
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, hundreds of people gathered at the Lincoln Southwest High School Track (7001 S. 14th Street) to walk, run and raise awareness for mental health at this year's Run to Overcome. More...
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Columbus, Ohio served as the host location for the 4th Annual National LOSS Conference; this was the second year in a row Columbus, Ohio has hosted. Ohio has served as a model for growth and sustainment as they have increased the number of active LOSS teams in their state from 10 in 2013 to 26 in 2014 with plans to develop additional LOSS teams. More...
Dr. Campbell and Dr. Don Belau facilitated a LOSS team panel discussion, which included LOSS team representatives from Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, and Indiana.
Dr. Belau presented on the Impact of Language on the Survivors of LOSS. Dr. Belau’s presentation included a skit that involved a LOSS team call-out scenario involving Dr. Belau, Lezlie Culver (Tarrant County LOSS Team, Texas), Terri Marti (Nebraska LOSS Team), Jennifer Fry (Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska LOSS Team), and Dr. Dave Miers.
Dr. Miers presented on “Family Needs Following the Suicide of a Teenager.” Jennifer Fry presented a poster featuring the Nebraska LOSS Team during the poster session; many other states participated in the poster session which served as an opportunity to network and learn. Several other breakout sessions were also available for participants to attend.
The conference was a great success in furthering networking and collaboration amongst the states to help each other grow the LOSS Team concept to other counties/areas within their states. The 5th Annual National LOSS Conference will be hosted by the Tarrant County LOSS team in Fort Worth Texas on October 8-9, 2015. Additional details can be found at www.mhatc.org
Mother Wants to Start Suicide Prevention Group
The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition featured in the Kim Foundation’s 2014 Grant Spotlight Each year, The Kim Foundation awards grants to organizations that are carrying out innovative, sustainable mental health programming. This year, The Kim Foundation is spotlighting these organizations in their monthly e-newsletter. The NSSPC was featured in The Kim Foundation’s most recent e-newsletter. The Kim Foundation is proud to support the NSSPC, and applaud them for their vision and commitment to improving the lives of individuals impacted by mental illness. Read the article here.
In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, many local and national news agencies committed themselves to reporting on suicide prevention awareness. Click the links below to read some of the awareness stories reported by local news agencies. More...
KETV 7 “Battling Depression is No Laughing Matter”
KMTV “Spotlight on Depression Amid Robin Williams Death”
Lincoln Journal Star “Understanding Depression: Nothing ‘Blue’ About It”
Livewell Nebraska “In Wake of Robin Williams’ Death, What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Suicidal”
WOWT NBC Omaha “Breaking the Stigma Associated with Depression and Suicide”
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