L.O.S.S. Teams

The L.O.S.S. Teams model was originally created by Dr. Frank Campbell at the Baton Rouge Crisis and Trauma Center in 1998. A L.O.S.S. (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Teams consists of two or more trained volunteers who are activated by the local authorities (Coroner’s Office, Law Enforcement) when there is a suspected suicide loss.
If your county is not listed below, reach out to your local Suicide Prevention Coalition for resources.

While L.O.S.S. Teams may function uniquely from community to community, there are three consistencies across teams:

  1. L.O.S.S. Teams are contacted by local authorities to proactively reach out to those left behind after a suspected suicide loss
  2. L.O.S.S. Teams are peer-based. At least one of the two volunteers has lost someone close to them to suicide
  3. L.O.S.S. Teams share the same mission. To be an instillation of hope to the newly bereaved. L.O.S.S. Teams members and especially the fellow loss survivor provides practical support, a connection to resources, and most importantly they plant seeds of hope.

Some communities throughout Ohio are still developing L.O.S.S. Teams. And some communities can provide resources and follow up care to suicide loss survivors in the weeks and months following a suicide loss.

MAP of LOSS teams across Ohio

Counties in white currently do not have a group.