Prevention group takes big steps at second meeting

Kearney, Neb. (KGFW) – The Suicide Prevention Coalition held their 2nd meeting recently with approximately 60 community members in attendance. The meeting looked to connect residents to suicide prevention resources.

The coalition asked questions of the attendees in an open forum. The group came up with the next steps of action that they would like to take. Those steps are:

1) Reducing the stigma of suicide and mental illness,

2) Providing an open dialogue through a community forum for community members to learn more about mental health and suicide,

3) Learning more about the available resources in our area for suicide prevention and post-vention.

Breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with suicide and mental illness was the number one priority as determined by the group.

Buffalo County Community Partners Suicide Prevention Coalition, hosted this meeting to connect stakeholders to resources. “Messages of hope and healing surrounded every person in attendance. Our team prepared for several scenarios in this meeting, we wanted every person who attended to be able to connect with one resource that could help them or a loved one heal and provide hope.” stated Tana Miller, behavioral health coordinator for Buffalo County Community Partners.

Additional meetings and special community events are in motion with the help of parents, churches, schools, law enforcement, providers, prevention specialists and more who attended the meeting. Be a voice and take action, fill out a volunteer enrollment at bcchp.org/volunteer. The Coalition supports the National Suicide Prevention’s standards to assist communities in understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health as an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

Buffalo County Suicide Prevention Coalition is powered by Buffalo County Community Partners is a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County through the promotion of the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The 2020 Vision introduces five strategic directions and targets for attainment by the year 2020. For more information on how you can assist in building a healthier Buffalo County, visit bcchp.org.