Welcome to the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition web site. Suicide is very real public health problem in Nebraska. This site is a collaborative venture intended as a gateway to information about suicide prevention in Nebraska. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Project Relate has additional Nebraska suicide prevention and mental health resources.
Don’t Be Sidelined is a mental health public awareness campaign created in September 2012 through the collaboration and support of various non-profit and health and human service organizations across the state of Nebraska; Don’t Be Sidelined is led by The Kim Foundation in partnership with Husker Sports Marketing.
Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition Meetings
The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition regularly meets each month. The meetings are available via Telehealth video-conference network in some locations. For more information, visit the Coalition page.
News and Updates
2014 LOSS Conference: Save the Date!
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation in partnership with the National LOSS Team Committee invites you to save the date for The National LOSS Team Conference: “Postvention, It’s About Time!”. The conference will be held September 9-10, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Frank Campbell will serve as the Keynote speaker. For more information, visit the conference web page.
Job Announcement: Outreach Coordinator
nterchurch Ministries of Nebraska is seeking applications for an .4 FTE Outreach Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of suicide prevention/post-vention and military and rural cultures; knowledge of public health and behavioral health, excellent verbal and written communication skills; be detail oriented and able to manage multiple tasks; and, be willing to commute across the state to assist with LOSS Team Development. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required. Click here to read the full job description.
Senator McGill Brings Suicide Prevention and Awareness to the Forefront
LINCOLN, NE - Senator McGill remains resolute in her focus on the mental and behavioral health needs of youth in Nebraska by introducing LB 923, a bill requiring training on suicide awareness and prevention for school personnel. “LB 923 is part of a greater conversation we need to have about mental health in Nebraska,” said Sen. McGill. A hearing for LB 923 was held on Monday, January 27, 2014.
Those attending the hearing include (back row) Dave Miers, Frank Brickacek, Senator Amanda McGill, Jason Rosso, (front row) Jeanne Pfeifer, Aileen Brady, Jean Duffy, Marilyn Tallman, and Amie Nelson.
Click here to read the full news release.
Click here to read an article published in the Omaha World Herald on LB 923.
A Look at Suicide Prevention Northeast Nebraska
WJAG, NewsTalk 780 in Norfolk, NE recently featured a number of interviews with area residents affected by suicide including Pastor David Cox: “They [suicidal individuals] believe there is no hope, there is no future. There is no situation that will make what they feel any better. And it is that emptiness and that despair for emptiness that drives them to a point of not being able to see the next minute, let alone the next day, or any future. And that is part of where you have to work with people who are suicidal, to give them hope.” Experts recommend seeking help as soon as you suspect a friend or family member is contemplating suicide. Although it is a difficult conversation to have, getting a person to talk about their situation makes them feel less isolated and may prevent them from attempting suicide.
Family members and friends left behind (referred to as survivors) often wonder if there is anything they could have done to prevent the situation. A survivor’s support group meets every second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church (404 West Benjamin Avenue) in Norfolk, Nebraska. To find a support group in other parts of the state, visit the Kim Foundation website.
Many helpful resources are available for people in Northeast Nebraska including a 24-hour helpline run by Behavioral Health Specialists Inc. (1-888-370-7003) and a national suicide prevention hotline (1-888-273-8255). Nebraska’s network of care is an on-line searchable resource to help you find the right service for you.
Click here to listen to the WJAG, NewsTalk 780 audio segment from January 6, 2014
Click here to listen to the WJAG, NewsTalk 780 audio segment from January 7, 2014
Click here to listen to the WJAG, NewsTalk 780 audio segment from January 8, 2014
Click here to listen to the WJAG, NewsTalk 780 audio segment from January 9, 2014
Click here to listen to the WJAG, NewsTalk 780 audio segment from January 10, 2014
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Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition Newsletter
The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition is now publishing a newsletter. To sign up for the Coalition Newsletter, please click here.
February 2013 newsletter
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