What A Month!

We are so humbled by the outpouring of support and feedback that we’ve received this month after all the coverage WOWT provided to build awareness about suicide prevention. Most importantly, I want to thank the survivors, partners, and advocates who gave of their time, and shared their stories (some for the first time) so that others may learn from their experiences.

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The Importance of Suicide Prevention & Postvention

Last month I mentioned that The Kim Foundation was moving forwarded in 2015 with a renewed focus on suicide prevention. As many of you know, suicide remains a public health crisis in our country. In 2012, there were 40,600 reported suicides in America. That equates to someone dying by suicide every 12.9 minutes. That is at least one in the time it will take you to read this newsletter.

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Governor Proclaims September Suicide Awareness Month

On Tuesday September 2, 2014 Governor Dave Heineman conducted a proclamation ceremony naming September Suicide Awareness Month in the state of Nebraska. Attending the ceremony with the Governor were both Co-Chairs of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSSPC), Dr. Dave Miers of Bryan Medical Center, Dr. Don Belau of Doane College, and several members of the group, which is a voluntary group made up of suicide survivors, private agencies, and passionate Nebraskans who are dedicated to suicide prevention.

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