Renae Zimmer is co-founder of the Central Nebraska LOSS Team, which stands for Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors. She explains the mission.
Zimmer says, “We’re a national organization and we just formed the Central Nebraska LOSS chapter as an outreach group to go out and call on families at their wishes at the time of a loss of a loved one to suicide.”
Suicide was the leading cause of injury death for Nebraskans between 25 and 64, and the second-leading cause of injury death for all age groups combined between 1999 and 2003.
Having lost her brother to suicide last year, Zimmer says it’s a comfort to have help available for the family members.
“We just offer support in times of need,” she says. “We can help them in the healing process and encourage them to seek additional help if they need to and we invite them to our different functions and events and our meetings.”
While there are other chapters around the state, the central Nebraska chapter meets once a month in Kearney.
For more information, visit the Central Nebraska LOSS Team on Facebook or send e-mail to centralnebraskaLOSS@gmail.com.
There’s also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney