Online Discussion Event Explores Nebraska’s Resources for Suicide Prevention

Facing Suicide
This story comes to us as a part of Nebraska Public Media’s Facing Sucide project. A PBS documentary airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. CT, exploring more personal stories of people impacted by suicide.

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 24, 2022) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Nebraska Public Media is hosting an online discussion event at 6 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 7, that will explore Nebraska’s resources for suicide prevention.

For more information and to register to watch, visit

Inspired by the upcoming “Facing Suicide” documentary from PBS, the event will feature excerpts from the film, share personal stories of Nebraskans impacted by suicide and highlight resources that provide help and hope.

The “Facing Suicide” documentary explores personal stories about people impacted by suicide, revealing the steps that friends, family and community members can take to help those at risk. Alongside these powerful stories are those of prominent researchers who are uncovering the complex factors that can lead to suicide, with insights for better prevention and treatment. Together, their stories offer a powerful message of hope and healing. Participants can join a discussion with local experts, including:

– Dr. Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D., staff psychologist and training director, Morningstar Counseling

– Jennifer Krajewski, North Platte Suicide Prevention Coalition coordinator, Southwest Nebraska LOSS Team coordinator and board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Nebraska Chapter

– Dr. Dave Miers, Ph.D., LIPC, director of Behavioral Health at Bryan Health and co-founder of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition

– Jennifer Sparrock, LCSW LIMHP, manager of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Nebraska Medicine and board chair elect of the AFSP Nebraska Chapter

The upcoming “Facing Suicide” documentary premieres at 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 13 on Nebraska Public Media. For more information visit

Facing Suicide Greg Whitesell with mother Raelena Whitesell_Photo by Lynn Millspaugh/Twin Cities PBS
Greg Whitesell and his mom Raelena at home on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation. Greg is a survivor of depression and suicidal ideation who advocates for mental health and suicide prevention. Twin Cities PBS / Lynn Millspaugh

Major funders for “Facing Suicide” are PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Pew Charitable Trusts. National partners are the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Jed Foundation and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

Nebraska Public Media’s mental health events are planned in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Nebraska Chapter, the Behavioral Health Division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Boys Town National Hotline, Bryan Health, the Kim Foundation, NAMI Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Education’s Project AWARE, Nebraska Extension’s Rural Wellness Team and the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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