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Members Urged to Join Suicide Prevention Effort

Fellow Nebraska Broadcasters Association members,

I am asking all our members to support an initiative the NBA is undertaking with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

With COVID-19 forcing many people into isolation, stressing their finances and relationships, the risk of suicide is greatly increased.  In addition to promoting helplines and other services for those who need help, this initiative aims to help news departments report on instances of suicide in a way that can help steer the conversation away from the stigma typically associated with suicide.

Please review the attached information and consider having your station(s) and staff become a part of this initiative.

Several years ago, the NBA undertook a promotion to raise awareness of the help available to those contemplating suicide, and the effort resulted in a major increase in calls from right here in Nebraska to prevention hotlines.

With so many risk factors due to the current pandemic, please consider supporting this important endeavor.

Sincerely,

Graig Kinzie
Nebraska Broadcasters Association Board Chairman
KBRB Radio, Ainsworth

 

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