Dr. Frank Campbell will visit Lincoln this week as part of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition. He honored us with a visit to Not Alone during his time here.
Dr. Campbell was a pioneer in the development of LOSS teams (Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide). LOSS teams are trained family survivors and mental health professionals acting as volunteers bringing immediate support to family and friends. We learned that families who are visited immediately by a LOSS team usually find counseling and support within a month of their loss, while families who do not have the help of a LOSS team wait an average of 4.5 years to find help. Since suicide is the second leading cause of death for Nebraska teens, we thought this was an appropriate program for recognizing children and youth during mental health month.
Under the guidance of Dr. Dave Miers with BryanLGH hospital in Lincoln, and Dr. Don Belau, with the Geneva YRTC, we learned that 90 percent of people committing suicide have a diagnosed psychiatric disorder which is usually unrecognized and untreated depression. The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, and their guests, including Dr. Campbell, is encouraging schools and churches to have a plan in place to help youngsters before suicide happens.
To learn more about depression and suicide prevention from Dr. Campbell, Dr. Miers and Dr. Belau, click on the button below to listen to the May 17 Not Alone broadcast or download the file and listen later. To listen to past broadcasts, visit The Kim Foundation Web site Not Alone podcast page.
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.