Welcome. We are the Nebraska chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.
The AFSP Nebraska Chapter was formed in 2008 thanks to grass roots efforts provided by community volunteers. Prior to the chapter development, AFSP had it's first presence in Omaha, Nebraska in October 2005 when the first Out of the Darkness Community walk was held. In 2008 Beatrice joined in with their first walk and in 2010 Alliance had their first walk and 2011 saw the addition of North Platte and most recently Scottsbluff joined us in 2012 which brought the total to five community walks for the state of Nebraska. The community walks are beneficial in funding research and program development not only nationwide but right here in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and awareness. We want to reach out to people with mental illness and those that are affected by suicide.
Goals for the Nebraska Chapter:
- Help survivors of suicide
- Educate and bring awareness programs to Nebraska in regards to suicide prevention and mental illness
Over 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the U.S. Every day, approximately 80 Americans take their own life, and 1,500 more attempt to do so. With each of these tragedies many people are profoundly affected and their lives are forever changed – these people are know as “Survivors of Suicide”.
Though the Chapter is based in the Omaha metro area, in Nebraska we hold walks in Omaha, Beatrice, Alliance and North Platte. Additionally there are survivor groups in Omaha and Beatrice. The National Survivor of Suicide Day Annual Conference is hosted in Omaha, Kearney and Alliance. In 2005 we began by hoping to make a difference in our state but now we can say "we are" making a difference and will continue to move forward in our efforts for our entire state!