The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS)
Teams consist 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, Outreach Coordinator 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.
Contact Information If you would like to start a LOSS team, please contact the Youth Suicide Outreach Specialist, Tiffany Mullison, at 402-471-7857 or Tiffany.Mullison@nebraska.gov
Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team: (402)-440-1633
Central Nebraska LOSS Team contact (402)-217-0359
Omaha Metro Area LOSS Team (402)891-6998