Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life . . .

Gratitude . . . a word that we hear often, but may not put into practice enough. I know that I certainly don’t. That is one of my goals moving forward, to live with more intentional gratitude. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all of the things that we are grateful for in our lives, but I would encourage all of us to continue our gratitude and thankfulness well beyond this holiday season; because as the saying goes, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

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Installation of Hope: 2015 National LOSS Conference

October has been a busy month for just about everyone involved in the mental health world. October marks both Mental Health Awareness Week (October 4th-10th) and World Mental Health Day (October 10th). Many of our community partners chose to hold mental health awareness events throughout the month, and we also held our annual lunch, A Time for Hope & Healing (October 13th). In addition to the many dinners, luncheons, and speakers, I also had the opportunity to attend the National LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Metro Area Loss Team

Metro Area LOSS Team Update

As you may know, The Kim Foundation and Region 6 Behavioral Health have been busy this summer establishing a LOSS Team in the Omaha Metro area. In June, we held three sets of interviews and were excited to offer 14 individuals and clinicians a place on the team! Of those 14, we were able to get a dozen of them through the three-hour orientation training in July.

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Answering the Call

Over the past few days, the Omaha area has endured the loss of several people to suicide. Answering a call or receiving a notification about the death of a community member will never be easy- this has become painfully clear. Because of my role at The Kim Foundation, I have spent countless hours researching suicide statistics, trends, common warning signs, prevention techniques, and even the history of suicide. But no book or online resource will ever fully prepare someone for the loss of a loved one to suicide.

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