Mother Wants To Start Suicide Prevention Group

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- It's not an easy subject to talk about, suicide, but it's a reality many families have to deal with.

Tuesday morning, Governor Dave Heineman announced September as Suicide Awareness Month.

"This is a really tough issue to deal with, no one wants to lose a loved one," said Heineman.

One of those in attendance was Donna Wolff. Her son, Zebulun, committed suicide March 1, 2009, when he was 18 years old.

"It was crazy. I was going to a support group in Omaha, once a month to find myself help after my son's death and I said this is crazy because there are a lot of other families who have been affected by this in Northeast Nebraska," said Wolff.

So now, she wants to build a support group in Norfolk to help other Northeast Nebraska families in the same situation.

"We really have a shortage of trained counselors and psychologists in Northeast Nebraska," said Wolff.

Dr. Donald Belau co-chairs the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and says it's important for those struggling with depression, a key factor in suicides, to speak up.

"Need to be given the opportunity to have a voice and certainly they are reaching out, out of the shadows, if you will, and asking for help and support," said Belau.

Wolff says having a local outreach suicide prevention team isn't an easy set up, she needs the funding.

"With the LOSS team we truly need the materials that are necessary, bags that we give to the families," said Wolff.

Wolff says she hopes to have the group up and running within the next couple years.