Suicide Prevention

Goals of Group:

1) Reducing the stigma of suicide and mental illness
2) Providing an open forum for community members to learn more about mental health and suicide
3) Learning more about the available resources in our area for suicide prevention and postvention

How to Get Involved:

Fill out a Volunteer sheet on our volunteer page.  Once you fill out a document you will be emailed by one of our staff with meeting times. 

Contact Tana Miller, Behavioral Health Coordinator, at or (308) 865-2278 for any questions regarding this group. 

Latest News:


Response to the Netflix Series Thirteen Reasons Why

The Buffalo County Suicide Prevention Coalition suggests parents talk to their teen about a new Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why (stylized as TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY) based on a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher.


Youths in Buffalo County are watching this series.   This series is rated for Mature Audiences and not appropriate for youth. The Coalition encourages parents to talk to your child about the series.  If he/she is watching the series, invite the opportunity to watch the series together and use the attached talking points guide (link here)  to engage them in conversations. Remember that your Netflix settings can restrict programing.


The series 13 Reasons Why was released on Netflix in March. A simplified summary of the plot: a high school student named Clay receives 13 tapes recorded by a teen named Hannah who died by suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself and is directed to a specific person, for a total of 13 people.

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If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide… Text “START” to 741741 or Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)



Who we are & What we do

Summer of 2016, grant funders and other community stakeholders invited Buffalo County Community Partners Board to develop new coalitions for early childhood behavioral health, suicide prevention and school mental health. Community Partner’s Board asked key community stakeholders to join together as a behavioral health advisory board to review and report recommendations back to the board to meet these emerging community needs.

The behavioral health Advisory Board members include: Beth Baxter, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services; Carol Renner, Kearney Public School; Dr. Ken Shaffer, UniNet; Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, UNK; Michelle Hansen, CHI Health; Nikki Gausman, SAFE Center; Shawn Eatherton, Buffalo County Attorney; and Wendy Schardt, UNK.  After meeting, the Advisory Board recommended Community Partners develop a new collaborative to tackle the behavioral health issues.


Funding for the HealthyMINDS group has been awarded by CHI Mission and Ministry Grant Funds for Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health as well as funding from the Nebraska Children and Family Foundation to start a Rooted in Relationships coalition.

Community Partner substance abuse prevention coordinator, Tana Miller was promoted to the Behavioral Health Collaborative Coordinator, supporting the work of the HealthyMINDS Collaborative. Tana will be working with grant funders and community members to enhance behavioral health systems in the community.

Community Partners has also contracted with Jesica Vickers, licensed mental health practitioner, to facilitate the work of HealthyMINDS.  Jesica will assist in the development of community processes to launch the new HealthyMINDS Collaborative.  Vickers is the director, owner, and mental health practitioner at Center for Psychological Services.


Emergency Resources/24 hr help

Richard Young Hospital offers an around-the-clock helpline at 800-930-0031.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 800-273-8255.

Or see their website to chat with someone online or learn more:

Community Resources

Buffalo County’s Hope and Healing Team has come together to give local resources to the community.

See a video of resources or more questions and answers:

These resources are gateways to hundreds of programs, training’s, educational information and more. 

If for some reason, you are unable to find resources to meet your need, contact or (308)865-2287. 





Buffalo County providers offer several trainings, to find a training to fit your need the Suicide Prevention Coalitions recommend that you visit the Region 3 Behavioral Health Services website.

If for some reason, you are unable to find training to meet your need, contact or (308)865-2287.