Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) is a team of peer suicide survivors and a clinician that respond when a suicide occurs. These volunteer teams work closely with law enforcement to assist the family or individual with whatever they need to help them through the suicide of their loved one. This can include offering information on support groups, helping them learn how to talk about the suicide of their loved one, listening and illustrating that there is hope to get through this tragic situation, and providing whatever else the individual or family may need in that moment. They also work to follow up with each family or individual to continue the relationship and let the family know they aren’t alone as they move forward without their loved one.
LOSS Teams exist all over the country, including teams in Lincoln, Norfolk, and Kearney. The Kim Foundation is currently working to expand the LOSS Team model to the Omaha metro. They are in the process of recruiting team members and are in particular need of clinical directors.
The clinical director is a licensed mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, LIMHP, or LMHP) who monitors the mental health of the other LOSS Team members, provides training and stress management activities to clinicians and team members, and helps collect data and evaluate the team’s outcomes.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact The Kim Foundation at 402-891-6991 for more information.