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Diana's Viewpoint
Diana Waggoner | Executive Director

The Kim Foundation Recognizes the Amazing Efforts to Spread Suicide Prevention Awareness

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.

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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 population.

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” click here.

September is Suicide Prevention
Awareness Month

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. 

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Vol 8 | August  | View Archive

Not Alone Radio Program

September Schedule

Not Alone airs on Tuesday from 4 p.m.
to 5 p.m. on KCRO 660AM.

September 6
Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition

September 13
Dr. Greg Snyder

September 20
Lenora Kimball, Peer Support Services

September 27
Depression in Nebraska

Missed a program?
Listen to the Podcast.

National News Headlines

SAMHSA Awards More Than $6.2 Million to Help Colleges and Universities Prevent Suicide

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.

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