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Fresno LOSSTEAM gets 5 year up to 1.8 million dollar contract to provide services


April 9, 2019 -- The County of Fresno Board of Directors approved and authorized the Chairman to execute an Agreement with Hinds Hospice for a Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team, effective upon execution, not to exceed approximately five years, which includes a three-year and three-month base contract and two optional one-year extensions, total not to exceed $1,837,864.

Find video at this link under Item 36 of the meeting agenda (or go to approx. the 55 minute mark of the video).



Colton McBride Memorial, Inc. Continues Commitment to Suicide Prevention


On April 5, 2019, LOSS Team of Tarrant County received a $15,000 donation from Colton McBride Memorial, Inc. This most recent donation brings the total amount given to LOSS Team, from the McBrides, to $127,000!

A few words from The Colton McBride Memorial Inc. President, Ryan McBride:

“In 2008, my brother, unfortunately, made the decision to take his own life. The day after his death my family and I decided we wanted to have a benefit concert in Colton’s memory to celebrate his life. Two weeks after his passing, we organized the 1st Annual Colton McBride Sunday Funday Jam. The following year we started a charity golf tournament, The Colton McBride Sunday Funday Classic, and eventually formed Colton McBride Memorial, Inc., a non-profit organization.

The first three years, proceeds from these events went to provide scholarship money to well deserving student athletes at Boswell H.S. in Saginaw, Texas, where Colton went to school. Since 2011, the memorial has made the decision to donate the proceeds to the LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team of Tarrant County. The LOSS Team provides support and resources to families in Tarrant County who have been touched by suicide. The LOSS Team is an initiative of Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America and is often overlooked or thought too sensitive to talk about. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about the subject of suicide and I personally have always struggled with the question of “Why?” I have yet to talk to someone about Colton and they themselves either know someone who took their own life or know someone whose family member and/or close friend took their own life.

We at Colton McBride Memorial Inc. are committed to providing suicide awareness and education to our local community. We want to prevent the tragedy that my family and friends had to endure so that it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. We know this is an uphill battle and with everyone’s help, we can have the conversation and fight suicide head on!”



Barb Brunzell Recognized for Leadership in Suicide Prevention

On March 12, 2019 Barb Brunzell received a Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award presented by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention at their Annual State House Day. Ms. Brunzell, who lost her brother Dan to suicide, worked with Call2Talk -- a mental health and emotional support line -- and the Metrowest Suicide Prevention Coalition, and helped launch LOSSteam Metrowest, which now has six trained volunteers and works with local police stations.

Click here to read an article about the event.



Dr. Campbell Addresses 8th Annual LOSS Team Conference

Dr. Frank Campbell delivered the keynote address on October 22 at the LOSS Team Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Campbell discussed the importance of the LOSS Team program as a way to suicide survivors in the wake of their devastating loss, connecting them to resources and providing hope and encouragement. He elaborated on this active postvention model and how all facets of the community can play a part in being the installation of hope.


Mrs. Smith Goes to Downing Street

Mrs. Shirley Smith (pictured at the far left), who started the first LOSS Team in the UK, visited Downing Street with other suicide prevention leaders for an announcement by the Prime Minister on World Mental Health Day of the new ministerial role for suicide prevention.

Photo courtesy If You Care Share Foundation


Kudos

Mrs. Shirley Smith attended the 7th Annual LOSS Team Conference (April 24-27, 2017) with the sponsorship of the Winston Churchill Fellowship on Peer Support and postvention services in America (Read her comments.) The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust sent a letter to Dr. Campbell to laud his involvement and help. The letter states, “. . . our Trust carries forward [Sir Winston Churchill’s] legacy by funding British Citizens from all ages and backgrounds to travel overseas to bring back best practice, for the benefit of others in their professions and communities in the UK. . . and to establish two-way exchanges of knowledge and lasting friendships.”

CLICK HERE to read the full letter.

Conference Reports

From the 7th Annual LOSS Team Conference (April 24-27, 2017)
The theme of the conference was “Strength in Numbers: Engaging the Community in Suicide Postvention”. It provided an opportunity for mental health professionals, first responders, school counselors, suicide loss survivors, LOSS Team members, and others from the community to learn more about suicide postvention and the Active Postvention Model known as LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team. Featured speakers were Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW and Stuart Smith, MA, LPC.

Shirley Smith of IfUCareShare said, “Attending the Conference, I have a vision of how our service needs to develop and this came from learning from Dr Campbell, Jill McMahon and Sandra McNally & their colleagues who provide such an invaluable and life saving service through the LOSS team model.”

CLICK HERE to read a fuller recap of the event.

Next year’s National LOSS Team Conference will take place October 22-26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Save the date!






LOSS Team Reports & News
From the 7th Annual National LOSS Team Conference (April 24-27, 2017)   (June 1, 2017)
The theme of the conference was “Strength in Numbers: Engaging the Community in Suicide Postvention”. It provided an opportunity for mental health professionals, first responders, school counselors, suicide loss survivors, LOSS Team members, and others from the community to learn more about suicide postvention and the Active Postvention Model known as LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team.

How Texas -- and the U.S. -- Might Get to Zero Suicides   (October 15, 2016)
The Denton County LOSS Team was interviewed for this article by Libby Coleman in the online magazine OZY

Prince William Officers Recognized for Commitment to ACTS LOSS Team   (March 4, 2016)

LOSS Team of Arizona: Program Information/Data for 2015   (February 11, 2016)

Central Nebraska LOSS Team Completes First Full Year   (December 30, 2015)

LOSS Team of Tarrant County: Demographic and Program Data, September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015   (December 27, 2015)

LOSS Team Started in Denton County, TX in October, 2015: Report from Tracy Maddoux, MSW, LMSW, LCDC (LOSS Team Coordinator, Denton County)   (December 27, 2015)



NOTE FROM THE WEBMASTER: I'm working on adding articles from the original site to the archives. Check back!

Archived Stories
ACTS Helpline LOSS Team History   (December 15, 2012)

LivingWorks Education ASIST Training   (July 1, 2011)




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