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ARTICLES
After suicide, LOSS helps survivors    (June 3, 2016)
(From The Star-Telegram

When a loved one commits suicide, what you might need most is someone to listen.

That is why Tarrant County’s LOSS Team is available 24/7, ready to help anyone affected by suicide.

The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team started in 2011 and was the first and only one in Texas until 2016. Now four LOSS teams operate in the state.

They work with law enforcement, medical examiners and local organizations like Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County to reach out to people affected by suicide.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Suicide Prevention Efforts Focus on Small Texas Towns: Public health experts are looking more closely at the issue of suicides in small towns.   (May 29, 2016)
(From The Texas Tribune, May 29, 2016; by Edgar Walters)

In the last five months, LaNelia Ramette has been to the home of eight Denton County families who had just lost a loved one to suicide. Three of those times, she arrived on the scene before the police tape came down.

Unlike the police officers and medical examiners she encounters on her shifts, Ramette is not a typical first responder. She is a volunteer who appears at the scene of tragedy -- with the medical examiner’s permission -- to be a voice of compassion in a suicide survivor’s darkest hour.

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Jason Flatt Act will aim to prevent suicide    (July 22, 2015)
(from The Shorthorn, July 22, 2015; by Jasmine Faronbi)

2015 marks Lezlie Culver’s 40th year surviving suicide by not becoming a statistic, she said.

Culver, social work graduate student and director for the Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team, said by the age of 12 both her mother and sister had committed suicide. Culver said with families like hers, that have a history of suicide, it is harder for the surviving family members not to want to commit suicide.

“It’s a trauma, especially if you find them [a deceased loved one],” she said. “It’s the no-casserole death. You don’t get a dish delivered to you. People stay away.”

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After years in darkness, woman helps others touched by suicide   (September 1, 2014)
(From Dallas News, (September, 2014)

When Norma García-López heard the news last week of a Fort Worth high school Latina student who took her own life, she knew what to do.

But she waited several days before trying to reach the girl’s family members.

She had seen it all before -- the isolation, the sense of helplessness, the grief that families try to cope with.

She knew because she had experienced it herself -- twice. Her oldest brother committed suicide in 2002, her uncle in 2009.

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When someone you love commits suicide   (September 20, 2013)
(from Fort Worth Business Press, September 20, 2013)

Norma Garcia Lopez is a volunteer with the Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County’s LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team and a double suicide survivors. She wants to talk about it because she wants others to know they are not alone. There is help, and it is within reach.

Lezlie Culver, LOSS Team coordinator, provides more details on the efforts and impact of the LOSS Team.

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Suicide Prevention Coalition of Tarrant County LOSS Team   (January 15, 2013)
(from Dr. Frank Campbell’s LOSSteam website, www.lossteam.com)

Report on first year of operation from Lezlie D. Culver, LOSS Team Coordinator, Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County.

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PODCASTS
Thrive and Connect: Suicide Survivors -- LOSS Team: Dr. Lee LeGrice   (December 10, 2015)
1 in 4 Americans are impacted by mental health issues. Dr. LeGrice discusses LOSSTeam formation and being a survivor, and how the LOSSTeam of Tarrant County came about through the efforts by her and others (including Regina Preatorious and singling out the contribution of Lezlie Culver).

CLICK HERE to listen.

LINKS
Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team (LOSS) - A Pilot Project to Prevent Suicide in Arlington, TexasDescribes a research project to answer the questions: -- Do survivors who are served by the LOSS Team access grief support services in the community sooner after the loved one’s suicide than those who are not served by the LOSS Team?
-- Will LOSS Team activities expand APD VAU supportive services by assisting family members affected by suicide?
-- Will LOSS Team members maintain baseline scores as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire-Somatic, Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms Scale (PHQ-SADS)?

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Please note: the Culver LOSS Team website is not intended to provide help in a crisis. If you are feeling suicidal or need help for yourself or someone you know, please consult IASP's Suicide Prevention Resources to find a crisis center anywhere in the world. In the US, call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free suicide prevention service or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.



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