As a community, Buffalo County has decided to take a stand against the stigma surrounding mental health. Together, we can become a community connected for mental wellness. Our community’s response chooses hope and healing as the means to recovery. Hope and healing empower connectedness and support at a community level to reduce suicide and promote mental wellness for everyone in Buffalo County.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Someone is always available to listen. Hope is just a call or text away.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Many organizations support suicide prevention efforts in Buffalo County throughout the year. Here you’ll find a list of upcoming events. Learn how you can be involved in decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and promote a culture of wellness in our community.
Suicide: The Ripple Effect
March 22, 7:30 p.m. | The World Theater
The World Theater, the Central Nebraska LOSS Team, the Rae of Hope Foundation and the Suicide Prevention Coalition have come together to bring a showing of Kevin Hine’s “The Ripple Effect” to Buffalo County. Join us at the World Theater for a showing of the documentary.
Hope, Healing and Wellness with Kevin Hines
April 6th, 7 p.m. | Merryman Performing Arts Center
The Central Nebraska LOSS Team and the Rae of Hope Foundation are bringing Kevin Hines to Buffalo County. Hines will present “A Night of Hope, Healing and Wellness.” In 2000, Hines survived his Golden Gate Bridge suicide attempt. He shares his story of hope, living with mental illness and overcoming his difficult life circumstances.
Free tickets must be reserved in advance.
April 7th, 9 a.m. | Kearney Public Library
The Central Nebraska LOSS Team is hosting their annual conference. Open to all LOSS volunteers and those interested in becoming involved, the conference is designed for local LOSS teams to come together and support one another in their suicide prevention efforts.
Please RSVP to Renee Zimmer of the Central Nebraska LOSS Team.
Faith Community Gathering
April 15th, 3 p.m. | First United Methodist Church, Kearney
First United Methodist Church and the Suicide Prevention Coalition are bringing resources directly to those in the faith community. The faith community has a unique role to play in walking alongside those struggling with mental health. Learn the role of the faith community, and how they can become a local resource for parishioners struggling with mental health and thoughts of suicide.
Free tickets must be reserved in advance.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Suicide Prevention Coalition, a coalition of Buffalo County Community Partners, aims to instill hope and healing by empowering mental wellness to save lives. Their mission is to reduce suicide in Buffalo County with a focus on education, prevention, intervention, and mental wellness promotion.
The coalition meets monthly and is open to all community members.
The Central Nebraska LOSS Team
The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained survivor and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Suicide survivors are those persons who have had a loved one complete a suicide and are at risk due to their emotional response, which may include the use of unhealthy coping strategies or attempting suicide themselves.
The LOSS Team is activated by first response officials when a suicide occurs to provide resources, support, and hope to suicide survivors. The volunteers provide immediate assistance to survivors to help them cope with the trauma of their loss, provide follow-up contact with the survivors, and coordinate the utilization of services and support groups within the community.
McKenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation
Founded in 2017, the foundation is dedicated to making changes in the hopes of creating a more positive and healthy community with the mission of preventing teen suicide by fostering awareness, resilience, and social change. Being kinder, recognizing mental illness, opening up the conversation, and making our world a little more hopeful is the organization’s goal.
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church came to the suicide prevention coalition for assistance in hosting the Faith Community Gathering mentioned above.
The World Theatre
The World not only hosted the very first “Hope and Healing” event, but has continued to support suicide prevention efforts throughout the community. They are also the host of the upcoming screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” mentioned above.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted a panelist discussion in the spring of 2018. It was the first “Hope and Healing” event designed to bring the community together in its efforts to prevent suicide and support those facing mental health challenges.