Suicide Prevention

If you spot the warning signs of suicide in someone you care about, you may wonder if it’s a good idea to say anything. What if you’re wrong? What if the person gets angry? In such situations, it’s natural to feel uncomfortable or afraid. But anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs needs immediate help—the sooner the better. The LSW Counseling Center’s website includes suicide prevention information such as the resources and warning listed below.

LSW Counselors and the LPS Social Worker are trained to provide students with assistance and offer additional resources as needed for Personal | Social concerns. If you you have an emergency, please call 911 immediately! If you  need to report a crime, please call the Lincoln Police Department’s non-emergency number at 402.441.6000. To contact the Lincoln Police Department with questions or information, please call the LPD Service Desk at 402.441.7204.



Suicide Warning Signs

Talking about suicide Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm, such as “I wish I hadn’t been born,” “If I see you again…,” and “I’d be better off dead.”
Seeking out lethal means Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
Preoccupation with death Unusual focus on death, dying, or violence. Writing poems or stories about death.
No hope for the future Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and being trapped (“There’s no way out”). Belief that things will never get better or change.
Self-loathing, self-hatred Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and self-hatred. Feeling like a burden (“Everyone would be better off without me”).
Getting affairs in order Making out a will. Giving away prized possessions. Making arrangements for family members.
Saying goodbye Unusual or unexpected visits or calls to family and friends. Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again.
Withdrawing from others Withdrawing from friends and family. Increasing social isolation. Desire to be left alone.
Self-destructive behavior Increased alcohol or drug use, reckless driving, unsafe sex. Taking unnecessary risks as if they have a “death wish.”
Sudden sense of calm A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide.

Mourning Hope Summer Programming

Grief is overwhelmingly difficult for everyone, regardless of their age. But when a death loss occurs in a young adult’s life, it comes at a time that is already challenging. Learning to live independently, developing significant relationships and deciding on a career path are just a few of the many adjustments that are already taking place during this time of their life.

 This July, Mourning Hope will offer four grief support group sessions for those between the ages of 19 and 30(ish). The group will meet each Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Mourning Hope Grief Center (4919 Baldwin Avenue). The four-night session will begin on Thursday, July 10 and end on Thursday, July 31.

 Whether you are single, married, experienced the death of a family member, coworker or friend, Mourning Hope invites you to participate in this supportive event for young adults.

 The young adult group will provide an opportunity for bereaved individuals to meet with other people struggling with the prodigious range of emotions experienced following the death of a loved one. In a casual, safe, non-judgmental environment, individuals will be invited to share their personal experiences with grief, ask questions of the group, and provide support for the other participants.

 The grief support program is provided free-of-charge, but participants must pre-register. To register, contact Mourning Hope at 402.488.8989 or

Teens & Grieving

Knowing that there are many in the LSW community who are grieving as a result of our two student deaths during summer, the LSW Counseling Center is sharing the info below with families. Taken from LPS’s Helping Teens with Grief brochure, the information provides suggestions for families who have teens experiencing the grieving process.

  • Help teens find avenues to express their grief.Some people like to journal, others prefer art, dance, music, or physical activity to release stress. It’s important that each person be allowed to find what works for him or her.
  • Encourage their participation in support groups where they have the opportunity to share with others their age, who may have had a similar experience.
  • If you have specific concerns about your teen, or need help finding additional resources, contact your school counselor or school social worker.
  • Remember, you are their model. How adults respond when someone dies has a major effect on the way young people react.

Additional information is provided in the LSW Counseling Center’s Personal | Social section of the website.