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Lincoln – International Survivors of Suicide Loss will be observed on November 21. The day is intended to help family and friends of those who have died by suicide come together to support and heal each other.
In Nebraska, those who have lost loved ones by suicide have access to specialized help: Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) teams, which consist of trained mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Many have lived experience with loss by suicide.
LOSS Teams are activated by first response officials when a suicide occurs to provide resources, support, and hope to suicide survivors. The volunteers also provide follow-up contact with the survivors, and coordinate the utilization of services and support groups within the community. Survivors can also reach out to LOSS Teams directly, including those in:
“Survivors may be struggling with a variety of emotions, guilt, fear and shame, beyond the limits experienced in other types of deaths," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “Nebraska LOSS Teams provide a clear message of hope, so that survivors can move through their loss and grieving process."
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