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Sharing is Daring

Battling a medical disease or disorder is a hard fight. There are plenty of doctor’s appointments, medications to be filled and refilled, and potential hospitalizations for more invasive treatments. Family members and friends all come together for support during someone’s time of need.

Hope and Healing through Creativity Contest

The Kim Foundation is recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month in May by sponsoring a contest about hope and healing.  The foundation is inviting students in grades 6 – 12 to submit original works of art, creative writing, or videos that share personal stories and focus on the theme, “Hope and Healing through Creativity.”

Railroad Systems Initiate Suicide Prevention Efforts

Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in the United States. While suicide by handguns and prescription drug overdoses are the two most common methods, death by train has also become a problem. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) there are roughly 275-325 completed railroad suicides per year with

Losing an Advocate

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the kindest, strongest, most genuine behavioral health advocates I have known. Anthony Steels lost his battle to cancer this month. I had the pleasure of getting to know Anthony and his family through our Don’t Be Sidelined public awareness campaign, which he

Music as Therapy

I recently wrote a blog entitled Winter at Carnegie Hall, which was about an 18 year old pianist from Missouri, named Liam, who died by suicide. Following his death, his mother Lisa sought out a way to honor his memory.

“Winter” at Carnegie Hall

A Missouri teenager’s original composition “Winter” was performed at the famous Carnegie Hall’s Christmas concert on December 19th. However, Liam Picker, the talented young pianist who composed the piece was not able hear his masterpiece come to life.

Self-Care to Reduce Stress

Many of us find ourselves working long days with high demands that cause us stress.  Major life changes, relationship challenges, children and family, or financial concerns can also cause stress in our lives.  Stress is simply the body’s natural response to these threats.

Metro Area LOSS Team Monthly Update

The Metro Area LOSS Team met on Tuesday February 23rd, for the first time since November. In December, we turned our regular meeting into a holiday party at DJ’s Dugout. Meeting for a fun evening out gave us an opportunity to bond and get to know each other better. Since our January meeting was canceled

Free Suicide Postvention Training Will Be Available in March

The Metro Area LOSS Team, in partnership with LOSS teams throughout Nebraska, will be hosting the first ever Nebraska LOSS Teams’ Conference:  Uniting to Support Survivors of Suicide Loss.  The weekend will provide LOSS team members and the community an opportunity to hear speakers, be involved in panel discussions, and learn about suicide postvention.

The Kim Foundation Update

Our team has hit the ground running in 2017! One of our goals was to continue reaching out into the community starting the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. We have had several multi-day presentations in high schools and middle schools, and had great engagement from the students.