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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.

3rd Annual Lincoln/Lancaster County LOSS Walk and Fun Run – May 30
The Lincoln/Lancaster County Team invites you to attend their 3rd Annual LOSS Walk and Fun Run: Surviving the Stigma: A Journey for Hope. The LOSS Walk and Fun Run will be 2-miles along the scenic Holmes Lake limestone trail in Lincoln, Nebraska. Registration for this event is $20 for adults and $10 for youth; register online at Eventbrite.com or via paper registration.

1st Annual Central Nebraska LOSS Walk – May 28 at 5:30pm
The Central Nebraska Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team invites you to attend their 1st Annual LOSS Walk. The LOSS Walk will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Yanney Park in Kearney, Nebraska. Registration for this event is $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

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.
Click here for more information.

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”
Click here for more information.

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. More...
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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