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."

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.

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

Run to Overcome, September 28, 2014, Lincoln, NE

News and Updates

The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition Local Seed Grant Application is Now Available
Click here to view the application.

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.

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.
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).  

 

 
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