Community Gathering Event March 27, 2017


About the Event and Panelists Information:

This event was hosted by Hope and Healing; A Life Intervention Project created by the Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Coalition.

The Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Coalition formed on January 20, 2017 when community members joined in the monthly meeting for the Buffalo County Suicide Prevention Steering Committee.  Their discussion inspired community action steps to promote messages of hope and healing, to reduce the stigma of suicide and mental illness, provide an open dialogue through a community forum for community members to learn more about mental health and suicide, and learn more about the available resources in our area for suicide prevention and postvention.

Hope and Healing Event Panelists:

·     Renae Zimmer, co-founder, LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) of Central NE

·     Krista Fritson, Psy. D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, LOSS Team of Central NE

·     Jesica Vickers, clinical director, Center for Psychological Services & Facilitator Buffalo County Community Partners HealthyMINDS Collaborative

·     Jill Schubauer, BAE, Youth Systems of Care Specialist, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services

·     Jason Koetters, police officer, City of Kearney

·     Melisa Dobish, Special Education Director, Kearney Public Schools

·     Jason Sharp, faith community and advocate for teens

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers From Panelists 


1. What resources are available to those that may have financial issues? 

Resources Mentioned

            -Region 3 –

            -UNK Counseling & School Psychology –

            -S.A.F.E. Center –

2. If my teen is concerned for the mental health of one of their friends, what is the best course of action? 

 Resources Mentioned:

            -Region 3 QPR Training –

            -Kearney Police Department –

            -National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –


            -Boys Town Hotline –


            -Crisis Text Line –

                        TEXT – 741-741

            -Richard Young Hospital –

                        (308) 865-2000

            -Mid-Plains Center for Behavioral Healthcare Services –


            -South Central Behavioral Services –

                        -Kearney – (308) 237-5951

                        -Hastings – (402) 463-5684

            -LOSS Team –

3. Can a single factor like fight with a parent, friend, or significant other, bullying or academic problems cause suicide? 

4. Why are people committing suicide?

5. What role does the school have supporting students who seem to be on edge and lost in life? 

Resources Mentioned:

            -Department of Education –

            -National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –


            -Boys Town Hotline –


            -Crisis Text Line –

                        TEXT – 741-741

            -Center for Psychological Services –

                        (308) 234-6029

            -Region 3 –

6. How can we contribute to hope and healing in the community? 

Resources Mentioned:

            -LOSS Team –

            -Buffalo County Community Partners –

                        -Suicide Prevention Coalition –

                        -Healthy MINDS Coalition –

            -Kearney Police Department –



If you have an emergency please text 741-741 or go to The suicide Prevention Website for 24 hour connection.


Grant funding for this event was provided by Union Pacific.

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