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The Sidney LOSS team presentation and trainings will take place on August 18 – METRO

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Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority funds a Local Suicide Survivor Outreach Team (LOSS) in the community.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 3:42 p.m. CDT

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SIDNEY, Neb. – Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority funds a Local Suicide Survivor Outreach Team (LOSS) in the community.

On August 18, three different free trainings are held throughout the day on LOSS team information.

Suicidologist Dr. Donald Belau will speak at each training. Belau said he has created many LOSS teams across the country.

Belau said a LOSS team is a group of peers who understand what it’s like to have lost a loved one to suicide and can promote hope and access to resources.

“It’s not an easy journey, but knowing that there are other people who have found ways to move forward gives that person a sense of hope,” Belau said.

Belau said a LOSS team also prevents suicides and provides support.

“Each team really reflects the character of the community the team is based in,” Belau said.

From noon to 2:00 p.m. there will be a free in-person or hybrid event for a one-hour training on the healing journey for survivors of suicide loss in a conference room at the Sidney Regional Medical Center.

Another training will take place at the SRMC at 3:00 p.m. Belau will discuss how a community can work together to respond to a suicide and how the LOSS team can benefit law enforcement by reaching out to family members and loved ones.

“The goal of the LOSS team is to respond to the request of law enforcement or even the family themselves,” Belau said.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a presentation to all members of the community will take place in the auditorium of Sidney High School. This presentation will include how to work together as a community when responding to a suicide.

“A suicide loss is different from any other traumatic loss,” Belau said. “Part of the reason is that people are left with unanswered questions.”

To register for the virtual, or for more information on the event contact [email protected]

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