The Kim Foundation®,
in collaboration with individuals, organizations, and healthcare providers
throughout Nebraska, is pleased to bring you a monthly e-newsletter
addressing mental health care.
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Diana Waggoner | Executive Director
The Kim Foundation Recognizes the Amazing Efforts to Spread Suicide
Each week of each month our calendar highlights something special to
celebrate, pay tribute to, or recognize. We are pleased that more and more
frequently we see reminders to celebrate an occasion or an opportunity to
publicize mental health care. From Autism Awareness Month, Special Education
Week, Eating Disorders Week, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National
Mental Health Month, National Trauma Awareness Month, and in September,
National Suicide Prevention Month, each of these special designations offer
an occasion to educate the public about concerns, preventions, treatments,
or opportunities for healing.
Click here to read Diana’s full message.
Ask a Question, Save a Life
Suicide is a preventable public health problem impacting all ages. Talking
about suicide with someone you think is at risk can help save their life.
Join us on September 8th at 8 p.m. on NET for “Ask A Question, Save A Life”.
This program will look at three high risk groups, youth where suicide is the
2nd leading cause of death in NE, the military, and the older adult
BryanLGH Mental Health Services Manager David Miers, Phd, has contributed
significantly to the program. He stresses that suicide is a threat that
impacts all demographics, yet is preventable. "As people become more
educated about suicide prevention, we can save more lives," he says. "There
is a myth that if we talk about suicide, it will give someone the idea. This
is indeed a myth. One of the best things we can do is to talk about it.
Raising the question of suicide without shock or disapproval shows that you
are taking the person seriously and responding to their pain."
This educational venture is cosponsored by BryanLGH Medical Center, the Kim
Foundation, Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Interchurch
Ministries of Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services,
and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
To see a preview of “Ask a Question, Save a Life”
September is Suicide Prevention
Organizations across the country recognize the annual National Suicide
Prevention Week throughout the month of September with special events to
remember lost loved ones, suicide prevention conferences to spread
awareness, and fundraising events to collect funds to further support
suicide awareness and prevention. This year, National Suicide
Prevention Week is September 4 - 10.
In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, The Kim Foundation has created a
special page on its website featuring local suicide prevention awareness
events, videos on the topic, and resources and services available for those
interested in more information about suicide and suicide prevention.
Click here to visit the page...
Right Turn Takes ‘A Step Further’
with New Program
Right Turn serves families who have adopted or become guardians of children
previously in Nebraska foster care. Funding for Right Turn was made possible
through legislative bill 603 which was established after a disproportionate
number of youth were left at safe sites during the Safe Haven crisis of
2008. Right Turn began serving families in January of 2010. Funding for
Right Turn has been extended for two years.
In an effort to expand services and elevate Right Turn’s responsiveness to
the gaps in and barriers to mental health services for children, Right Turn
has developed an in-home support and intervention program. A Step
Further: Improving family relationships through support and intervention
after trauma and loss focuses on assisting parents in identifying and
understanding the milestones which indicate a child is becoming attached and
supporting parents in implementing simple and easy relationship building
strategies effective in improving a child’s capacity to form trusting
relationships. These strategies are implemented with all families where
parents are struggling to connect with their child due to their children’s
past trauma and loss history.
Click here to read more.
Vol 8 | August |
SAMHSA Awards More Than $6.2 Million to Help Colleges and Universities Prevent
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is
awarding $6.2 million in grants to 21 colleges and universities to assist in
their efforts to prevent suicide and enhance mental health services for students
in crisis. The grants are designed to enhance services for students with mental
and behavioral health problems, such as depression and substance abuse, which
may put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts.
To learn more,