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.
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
2014 LOSS Conference, September 9-10, 2014, Columbus, Ohio
First Annual Suicide Prevention 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk, September 13, Veterans Memorial Garden, Lincoln, NE
News and Updates
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.
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”
1st Annual LOSS Scramble a Success
Dave Griek’s 1st Annual LOSS Scramble, presented by NTV took place Friday, August 8th at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Kearney, NE. Dave lost his father to suicide when he was 10 years old. Ever since this experience he has wanted to do more to help others with this difficult grieving process. He teamed up with others in the community to begin the initial stages of creating a Kearney Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team.
With the help of the newly formed Kearney LOSS group, the golf tournament had a great turnout with 37 registered golfers. There were several prizes raffled off at the event and even a chance to win a new car from Midway. We are looking forward to seeing the Kearney team continue to grow and reach out to the community providing suicide outreach and support. NTV ABC Kearney, aired a moving segment on the LOSS Scramble; visit their website to view the segment (the video is titled “Kearney LOSS – Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors” under the Vital Signs tab).
Check Awarding Ceremony Held on July 8 in Norfolk, NE
The Northeast Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition was awarded a $10,000 grant check from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The check awarding ceremony was held on July 8th in Norfolk and included a balloon release.
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.