In honor of September being suicide prevention awareness month, the Nebraska Safety Council (NESC, would like to raise awareness of available resources for those who are or know someone looking for help.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. There are many factors that contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.

NESC wants to remind you that you are not alone. If you or someone you know is in crisis and has thoughts of harming themself, please know resources are available 24/7/365. No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, or if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call the LifeLine. People call to talk about a lot of things; substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, loneliness, and more. Life is hard and it’s even harder when we try to navigate it alone. Connect with a training crisis counselor. Call or text the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365. You can also chat online at

The Mission of the Nebraska Safety Council is to provide education and leadership to empower Nebraskans to live safe and healthy. To learn more or to sign up for a membership today, visit, call (402) 483-2511, or email