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Michael Phelps Opens Up

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps shared his struggles with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in a candid interview with Megyn Kelly on TODAY. Since his retirement from the pool Phelps has taken time to focus on family, joined Colgate on their water conservation campaign, and was featured in the new documentary “Angst.”

Finding Balance

Last year, I shared my personal struggle with prenatal anxiety in an article titled, “The Sad Truth About Prenatal Anxiety and Depression.” A few short months later on November 23rd at 8:17am, my husband and I welcomed our son Cohen James (or C.J. as we sometime call him), into the world.

Supporting Our Kids

After a recent suicide prevention talk at a local high school, I had a young lady come up to me as the rest of the kids filed out of the auditorium doors. She began to open up about her mental health struggles, her past with self-harm, and her frequent thoughts of suicide.

Joey Pantoliano

Bryan Medical Center brought in Emmy Award winning actor Joey Pantoliano as the keynote speaker for their annual Mental Illness Awareness Week event on October 3rd. The room was packed with nearly 500 people wanting to hear the famous Joey Pants open up about his family’s history of mental illness, his past struggle with substance

New Research on Youth Trauma Treatment

In early October I had the opportunity to sit down with Ben Czyz, a licensed mental health therapist with Lutheran Family Services in Omaha. Czyz had reached out to The Kim Foundation to update us on an exciting new research project that Lutheran Family Services, Boys Town, Creighton, and the Attachment and Trauma Center of

What is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has Alzheimer's-like symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, aggression, rage, and sometimes suicidal behavior. It is believed to result from repeated head trauma, which results in a buildup of the abnormal protein called tau that clumps in the brain.

Suicide Awareness Month

September was a busy month for everyone in the suicide awareness and prevention field. This year, National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) took place September 10th through the 16th (1). Since 1975, NSPW has an been annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention

Celebrities Talk Suicide Prevention at VMA’s

Last Sunday evening, people from around the world tuned in the MTV Video Music Awards. As usual the night was packed full of music performances, outrageous outfits, and tons of celebrities. However, this year’s ceremony shed some light on a topic that is not often brought to the mainstage . . . suicide.

Celebrity Suicide and the Media

The music world was reeling after the shocking death of Linkin Park front man, Chester Bennington in late July. Bennington was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home where the coroners later ruled his death a suicide. His passing occurred on the birthday of his late friend, Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Sound Garden,

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