The LOSS Team holds walk to help provide hope and healing

The Loss Team is celebrating ten years in Lancaster county.

The organization is a local outreach for suicide survivors providing hope within the community.

On Saturday they held a walk at Antelope Park to bring people together.

“The idea was again to raise awareness. Share community resources with each other, bring other survivors together so there’s some support and you’re not alone,” Terri Marti said.

The organization partners with the Lancaster County Sheriff and Lincoln Police Department to provide direct support for families that have lost a loved one from suicide.

It’s a partnership that LSO says is invaluable.

“Any suicide is a very tragic event for any family, so having them there to help guide them through that emotional process is important which is why for every suicide we will call them,” Amy Lesan said.

It’s an idea that Terri Marti wishes someone would have thought of sooner.

“I wish someone would have been there when I lost my dad and that was in the 70’s. It would have made a huge difference in my life and processing the grief of my dad,” Marti said. 

Marti said she knows that events like these may be hard to attend but it is extremely important for families who have lost a loved one from suicide to know, there are people who can help.

“People are still out here coming here and saying ‘Hey I’ve experienced a suicide look at me, I’m okay, it’s not my fault’ because that’s what people automatically feel, is guilt,” Marti said. 

Although Marti says that feeling is normal, she wants to remind people not to be hard on themselves and to have hope and seek support when you’re ready.

If you or a loved one needs support from the Loss Team, their website is below:

http://nelossteam.nebraska.edu/index.php

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at :

1-800-273-8255

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