What is a LOSS Team?

The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to s 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 first Nebraska LOSS Team (Lincoln-Lancaster County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team) began operating in July, 2009. The goals of the Nebraska LOSS Teams are to both provide the clear message of hope, so that survivors can move through their time of shock and despair, and to sustain themselves indefinitely within their communities.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County 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."

Nebraska LOSS Team Contact Information

If you would like to contact the LOSS team, please reference the map below and to contact the LOSS Team Coordinator of the team nearest to you.

If this is an emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling at 1-800-273-8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis resources for you or your loved ones in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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