Nebraska LOSS

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."

Contact Information
If you would like to contact the LOSS team, please contact the LOSS Team Coordinator at 402-440-1633.
If this is an emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at all times by calling at 1-800-273-8255.

Training and Events

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Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference – Call for Presentations
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...
Click here for online submission of Presentation Proposal Application.
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to download and print the Presentation Proposal Application form.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas Presentations on January 29-30, 2015
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 brother’s suicide. More...
Her presentation schedule is as follows:

Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 8:00am -9:30am
Title: Hope Illuminated: Positioning Suicide Prevention & Advocating for a Tipping Point of Change
Location: Faith Regional Hospital West Campus – Nebraska Room

Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 11:00am – 12:00noon
Title: Be a Shining Light of Hope: Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention
Location: Northeast College – Cox Activity Theater

Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Title: Up on the High Wire: Promoting Emotional Resiliency be a Shining Light of Hope: Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention
Location: Wayne State College – Frey Suite, Student Center

Date and Time: January 29, 2015 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Title: After a Suicide and the Light Shines on…
Location: Northeast College – Cox Activity Theater

Date and Time: January 30, 2015 from 7:30am – 1:00pm
Title: Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace & Faith Communities
Location: Faith Regional Hospital West Campus - Nebraska Room


Run To Overcome
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...
Bryan Health’s Run to Overcome is an annual tradition for runners and families alike. Beginning in 2011 as a race in tribute to Adam Zetterman, the Run to Overcome has become a well-known annual event with more than 1,000 participants running this premier 5k & 10k race.
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The 4th National LOSS Conference was a Great Success
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. Frank Campbell, the founder of LOSS, served as the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference.  His dedication and passion to suicide prevention has assisted in the development of LOSS teams worldwide. Dr. Campbell has made available a networking listserv on his website, individuals interested in starting LOSS teams can join at www.lossteam.com

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
Donna Wolff, a suicide survivor, was interviewed by 10/11 news regarding her quest to start a LOSS team in northeast Nebraska. Click here to view the video and read the corresponding article.

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.

Recent Awareness Stories
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...
10/11 News “Robin Williams’ Death Unveils Suicide Warning Signs, Misconceptions"
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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News Archives

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