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."
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.
News and Updates
National LOSS Conference, Fort Worth Texas, October 7-9 -Registration is now open!
Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County in partnership with the National LOSS Team Committee will host the National LOSS Team Conference on October 7-9, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel (815 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102). Call 817-870-2100 to reserve your room.
Click here to register, or click here for more information.
1st Annual Central Nebraska LOSS Walk a Success!
The Central Nebraska Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team hosted their 1st Annual LOSS Walk on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Yanney Park in Kearney, Nebraska. An estimated 65 people attended the LOSS walk, which included a 2-mile walk, balloon release, and suicide prevention and awareness presentation from walk cofounders Dave Griek and Renae Zimmer.
Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference –July 21-23 in Kansas City, MO
The Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference will be held on July 21-23 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel (775 Brasilia Ave in Kansas City, MO.) Pre-Conference Training will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 and the two-day Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 and Thursday, July 23, 2015. Featured speakers include: Cathy Barber, MPA; John Draper, Ph.D.; Richard McKeon, Ph.D.; Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Dese’Rae Stage; Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.; and Peter Wyman, Ph.D.
Click here for the conference flyer, or click here to register online.
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