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Central Nebraska LOSS Team Completes First Full Year
The Central Nebraska LOSS Team finished their first full year in 2015. We continue as a group to move forward in a positive manner.

Highlights of the year include:
  • We have about 20-25 members now and meet on a monthly basis.
  • We have about 6-7 licensed clinicians on board and Dr. Krista Fritson from the University of Nebraska at Kearney serves as our clinical director.
  • Renae Zimmer and Dave Griek are co-founders of LOSS in Central Nebraska. We visited with 2 families this past year that have experienced a suicide in their own family. One family was referred to us by a member of the LOSS team and another reached out to our team through a mutual friend.
  • We have stayed in touch with both families throughout the year and both doing well. We continue to invite them to events that we hold in the Kearney, Ne area.
  • We did hold two events this past year to keep our name out there and to promote awareness for LOSS. The first one was a LOSS walk held at Yanney Park in Kearney and the second event was a movie sponsorship weekend on International Survivors of Suicide day held at a local theatre. We also did a volleyball tournament in July of 2015 to fundraise and raise awareness as well.
  • We have had business cards made up along with banners, pens and brochures. We worked with the UNK Marketing Department to develop a logo and brochures.
  • We have handed out brochuresócards at our functions as well as to counseling offices, police stations and funeral homes, etc.
  • We also have a website and a facebook page.
  • In 2016, we have goals and a budget to bring in a speaker. We have also partnered with our Region 3 in Central Nebraska to help promote suicide prevention.
  • At this pointówith our numbers at the meetings and our support we would like additional training and possible ideas to bring in a speaker or speakers to an event.
  • Renae has stayed in close contact with the local law enforcement and they are fully on board and support the LOSS Team.
  • The LOSS Team of Central NE has also had other communities reach out to us for support and help in starting their own chapters.
  • We stay in close contact with Dr. Belau and his Lincoln, Ne team as well.
Renae Zimmer

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