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Metro Area LOSS Team Update, August 2017

On July 1st, The Metro Area LOSS Team established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sarpy County Sherriff’s office. This MOU will make a notification call to the LOSS Team as part of Sarpy County Sheriff’s standard operating procedure following a suicide death. After receiving a notification from Sarpy County Dispatch, the LOSS Team

Striking Out Stigma

Last month Omaha was filled with college baseball fans from around the country celebrating America’s favorite pastime. While many of these young players will only ever dream about making the big league, Jason Wheeler of the LA Dodgers, is using his unique status as a professional athlete to raise awareness about topics that are often

Katy Perry Opens up About Mental Health and Suicide

In a recent interview on Viceland, Katy Perry (a.k.a. Kathryn Hudson) sat down with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh for a frank and honest therapy session. Hudson opens up about the challenges of being authentic in a world where she is famous for portraying her alter ego, “Katy Perry.”

Men’s Mental Health Month

As a society we tend to put an unfair expectation on men by always pressuring them to be tough, strong, and stoic. Even as young boys, they are treated differently when they are sick or injured. Boys grow up hearing walk it off and boys don’t cry. Society teaches men from the beginning that showing

New Study Could Improve Anxiety Medication

A little bit of fear can protect us from danger, but too much can cause serious psychological discomfort and in some cases mental health issues. New research uncovers the brain circuit involved in processing fear, which could eventually lead to new treatment options for the 18% of Americans who are affected by anxiety disorders each

What You Need to Know before Watching 13 Reason’s Why

If you’re plugged into social media, watch the news, or have a teen at home, chances are you have heard or seen something about the wildly popular Netflix series, 13 Reason’s Why (13RW). In fact, according to Fizzology, a research firm that analyzes social media data, 13RW inspired more tweets during its premiere week than

Gone But Not Forgotten

The suicide prevention and mental health community mourns the loss of one of their own, Amy Bluel. Bluel is best known for her nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury, Project Semicolon.

Nebraska LOSS Teams’ Conference Brings Exciting Changes

Nebraska LOSS Teams’ conference, Uniting to Support Survivors of Suicide Loss, took place late last month in Omaha. The creator of the LOSS postvention model, Dr. Frank Campbell, joined us for the two and a half day conference and shared his vast experience in working with suicide survivors.

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

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.