Losing someone you love is painful. When someone dies by suicide, the grief of those left behind can be different. It can be more intense and even harder for the suicide loss survivor to handle.
A team called "Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors," or LOSS, can bring help and support to those who are grieving a loved one’s death by suicide. For survivors to know what help is available, allows them to get support sooner. To begin healing sooner.
The LOSS team is made up of trained suicide loss survivors and licensed mental health clinicians. These volunteers provide assistance to suicide loss survivors to help them cope with the trauma of their loss. The Team also provides follow-up contact with the survivors and access to helpful resources. The LOSS Team provides compassion and support, not therapy to the suicide loss survivors.
The LOSS Team works closely with law enforcement and other first responders when there is a death by suicide. They let the suicide loss survivors know that a LOSS Team is available. The LOSS team is then able to provide resources, support, and hope to suicide survivors. LOSS Team visits happen after a suicide, are usually brief, and are guided by the surviving friends and family.
A resource bag is offered to a family. This bag will include things specific to the family. Depending on the needs, there are books for children, adults, and veterans.
The Four Corners LOSS Team will serve the counties of Butler, Polk, Seward, and York. Other counties may be served upon request as resources allow. There also are LOSS Teams located in Lincoln, the Metro area (Papillion and Omaha), Kearney, Norfolk, and Chadron. Teams that are under development include Beatrice, North Platte, and Scottsbluff-Alliance.
Want to learn more about LOSS Teams? Schedule a talk for your club, church, or workplace. Contact Four Corners for more information on how to apply to become a member of a Four Corners LOSS Team or the Advisory Council. Call Four Corners Health Department at 1-877-337-3573. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Nebraska LOSS teams can be found on this website: http://www.nelossteam.nebraska.edu .
Posted on Thu, November 29, 2018
by Angel Dale