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.
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
“The Gospel According To Josh”, featuring Josh Rivedal in a 15 character, one-man show about a journey through religion, reality TV and his father’s suicide, came to Norfolk, Columbus, and Wayne on October 16 and October 17. The event was sponsored by the State Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Northeast Nebraska Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and the Norfolk Area United Way. 170 people attended the morning performance and 70 people attended the evening performance in Norfolk. Roughly 25 people attended the performance at Wayne State College. A performance was also given at Central Community College.
Omaha World-Herald Recognizes Suicide Prevention Efforts
The article includes quotes from Scot Adams, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Behavioral Health Division, calling the coordinated effort on suicide prevention “impressive” and that he was “struck by how effectively local organizations worked together on the issue.”
Suicide prevention is an uphill battle but we are making progress in Nebraska. The cooperative effort of organizations across Nebraska was lauded in an online article for the Omaha World-Herald on October 6. This editorial reviews the statistics across Nebraska for suicide in comparison to national figures and what efforts we’ve made to reduce the number of people affected.
Read the full article here.
National Suicide Prevention Month
The month of September 2013 has been declared National Suicide Prevention Month by Governor Dave Heineman. Click here to view the Proclamation.
Like doing good for your body and your community? During the months of August and September, Natural Grocers in Lincoln and Omaha will be matching donations (up to $15,000) benefiting the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition. Your donations will help save the lives of children and youth at risk of suicide. Natural Grocers in Lincoln is located at: 212 N 48th Street. Natural Grocers has two locations in Omaha: 7831 Dodge Street and 17602 Wright Street.
2013 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: In the Journey of Loss, We Can Find Meaning Again. The conference will be held September 10-11, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Frank Campbell will serve as the Keynote speaker this year. For more information, visit the LOSS Website.
NSSPC Featured in National Council Magazine
The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSSPC) and professionals from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) were featured in the National Council Magazine (2012, Issue 2). NSSPC was cited for their work in aiding communities to restrict lethal means of suicide in homes. This accolade was featured in an article by Denise Bulling, Senior Research Director at the PPC, and Dave Miers, Co-Chair of the NSSPC in the Nebraska Says There Is No End Without Means article. Kate Speck, Senior Research Manager at the PPC was quoted and commended for her work in education workshops this year. Check out the articles on pages 124 and 154!
New “Suicide in America” Infographic
To show the enormous impact this public health problem has on individuals, families, workplaces, the healthcare system, and society, and to promote its prevention, the National Council created a new infographic, "Suicide in America."
Nebraska LOSS Team
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. Learn more at the Nebraska LOSS Team website.
NET Airs Program About Suicide Awareness and Prevention
"Ask A Question, Save A Life," a program aired on NET Television, discusses three groups of people at high risk for suicide: youth (suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Nebraska), the military and older adults. Click here to see the full video.
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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
For previous newsletters, please visit our news archive.
Means Restriction Resources for Emergency Departments and Families.
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