Dr. Don Belau, Ph.D.
Dr. Belau is actively involved in suicide prevention and suicide postvention efforts across the country.
He has led the development of LOSS teams across Nebraska which has resulted in ten active teams, with others in the early stages of development.
Dr. Belau is a trainer for the AFSP Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program (SBCTP); Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) program, and was instrumental in
the development of the Nebraska K-12 Suicide Prevention — Postvention Online Training which over 28,000 staff have completed since August 1, 2018.
Dr. Belau holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling, Education Specialist degree in Educational Psychology,
and as well as a Ph.D. in Psychological and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Contact Dr. Belau
Reverend Laura Biddle
Rev. Laura is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and has been practicing ministry for thirty years. She graduated from Episcopal Divinity
School in 1986. Her first Call to Ministry was serving women in prison as an advocate for their spiritual health and well being.
During this time, Rev. Laura worked closely on issues regarding domestic violence, addiction, loss, and community awareness.
As a trained grief counselor, in 2009 Rev. Laura became the spiritual advisor to military families who were grieving suicide.
Working with the staff of an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Project for Survivors), she continues to be committed to helping military families
advance their spiritual health.
Please visit her website at laurabiddle.com to learn more.
Contact Rev. Laura
Lezlie Culver, MSW
Lezlie D. Culver, MSW is a founding member of LOSS (Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors) Team of Tarrant County, Texas.
Lezlie has presented at LOSS Team National Conferences, the American Association of Suicidology, Department of the Army Fort Worth District Suicide Stand-Down, Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council and the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Awareness Conference, and others.
Lezlie is trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK suicide alertness training. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers and American Association of Suicidology.
Being a survivor herself, Lezlie presents and trains survivors, mental health professionals and communities across the country.
Please visit her website at CulverLOSSTeam.com to learn more.
Contact Ms. Culver
Brandy Lidbeck, LMFT
Brandy Lidbeck is a licensed marriage and family therapist and helped develop and currently oversees the LOSS Team in the Central Valley of California.
Brandy has presented at the National LOSS Team conference as well as the annual American Association of Suicidology Healing After a Loss Conference.
As a two-time suicide-loss survivor herself, Brandy is passionate about reaching each survivor and connecting them with the support and resources that were not
available to her at the time of her own losses.
Lidbeck is also the author of The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide which is often given out to new survivors by LOSS Teams throughout the U.S. Brandy also runs the
website thegiftofsecond.com, a safe place for fellow survivors to gain hope, healing, and connection with one another.
Contact Ms. Lidbeck
Dr. John McIntosh, Ph.D.
Dr. McIntosh is currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and
Professor of Psychology at Indiana University South Bend and is Past President of the American Association of Suicidology.
His research focus includes gerontology and suicidology, and he has taught courses on suicide and depression.
Dr. McIntosh’s most recent books are
Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs which has been praised as “a thorough and elaborate American study has appeared on
the grief and mourning process of bereaved parents” (LAVA)
and Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors(edited with John Jordan), which is geared towards mental health professionals, grief counselors,
clergy, and others who work with survivors in a professional capacity [Learn more].
CLICK HERE to visit Dr. McIntosh’s website.
(Dr. McIntosh's photo courtesy K. Borlik, Indiana University)
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Jill McMahon, L.P.C.
Jill McMahon, a licensed professional counselor, works as a Prevention Specialist and grief counselor in the Phoenix metro area. She has specialized in working with Survivors of Suicide, facilitating support groups, and working with Survivors individually for the last 16 years. Jill has helped to build the LOSS (Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors) Program in Arizona, through EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center. She serves as the clinical lead for the Phoenix team. She is a member of the Annual National LOSS Team Conference Committee. Recently she partnered in hosting the 2017 National LOSS conference in Phoenix, and plans to do the same in 2018.
Jill also provides support for youth impacted by suicide in her private practice, Spring Returns Counseling Services. She can also be found providing suicide prevention presentations and trainings around the community, as well as speaking about Survivors of Suicide bereavement at national and international conferences. Jill is passionate about, and has dedicated her life’s work to, working with those bereaved by suicide.
CLICK HERE to visit Ms. McMahon’s website.
Contact Ms. McMahon
Dr. Dave Miers, Ph.D., LIPC
Dr. Miers is the Counseling and Program Development Manager for Mental Health Services at Bryan Medical Center in
Lincoln, NE. He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and has chaired/co-chaired
this Coalition until 2017 and currently serves as the past co-chair. He serves on the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County
Suicide Prevention Coalition. He has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of
Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local
Outreach to Suicide Survivors team in Lincoln, NE and has assisted in the development of other LOSS teams in Nebraska.
Dr. Miers helped establish
the National LOSS Conference concept which is a yearly conference for LOSS teams across the country to
meet and learn from each other and for others interested in developing a team to attend.
Contact Dr. Miers if you have specific questions about the development of LOSS teams.
Dr. Brij Mohan, Ph.D., D. Litt. (hon.)
Dr. Brij Mohan is Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work, Louisiana State University and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare (1981-2012). He has published extensively in the field of social work, including 2012’s
Society and Social Justice: A Nexus in Review; and in 2014 published a debut novella, Death of an Elephant.
Contact Dr. Mohan
Pamela Pflum, BSN, RN
Ms. Pflum is a 33 year veteran RN who has management experience in acute care, public health and the mental health & addiction services. Under Pamela, the Four County L.O.S.S. Team of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams Counties, Ohio went live in May 2015. Before going live, Pamela set the ground work in the four counties working with over 30 law enforcement jurisdictions and four coroners. The 32 member team continually looked for opportunities for improvement through sustained training and debriefing during monthly meetings.
According to Dr. Frank Campbell, the Four County L.O.S.S. Team was the fastest team he has seen go from concept to implementation. The L.O.S.S. Team has had a profound effect on the survivors of suicide and is seen as a huge benefit by law enforcement and the coroners. This was achieved through Pamela’s coordinated efforts.
Pamela is relocating to the state of Florida in December 2016 and is available to consult on the development and sustainability of L.O.S.S. Teams.
Contact Ms. Pflum
Dr. Regina T. Praetorius, M.S.S.W., Ph.D.
Dr. Praetorius is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Texas-Arlington. Dr. Praetorius's research interests include Suicide, Suicide Bereavement, Impacts of Community and Individual Traumas, Military Suicide Prevention, Qualitative Research, and Social Work Education. She teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels focusing on human behavior in the social environment and research methodology. Her service activities include serving as a guest editor for several scholarly journals and serving as a program evaluator for the Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team (LOSS Team) of Tarrant County and other agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Dr. Praetorius has also assisted
the LOSS Team and WORN for Peace with grant funding and evaluation activities toward starting these two exciting programs.
Contact Dr. Praetorius
Dr. William M. “Bill” Schmitz, Jr., Psy.D.
Bill Schmitz, Jr., Psy.D. is currently the President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and is also the Chair of that Association’s Task Force on
Improving Clinical Competency in Suicide. Bill is a clinical psychologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, working primarily with our nation’s veterans. He has been very active in AAS,
serving in several roles including: Chair of the Clinical Division; Chair of the AAS Task Force on Improving Clinical Competency in Suicide; AAS Publications Review Committee Chair;
and the 2004 AAS Annual Conference Program Chair.
Bill is available to consult on forensic suicidology and related issues.
Contact Dr. Schmitz
Georgia K.M. Tobin
Georgia is a web designer/developer and graphics designer. She has worked with Dr. Campbell since 2009 on the LOSS team site.
She seeks to create beautiful websites that are attuned to their intended audience and that make information easy for users to access.
Contact Ms. Tobin
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