COLUMBUS – Officials say a staggering 42% of Northeast Nebraska suicides take place in Platte County. A number the Columbus Area Future Fund hopes to begin changing with a large donation of grant funding.
The CAFF awarded a $10,000 grant to the Northeast Nebraska Suicide Coalition on Monday morning, to help extend their reach and capabilities in the Platte County area.
NNSPC President Donna Wolff is the mother of a suicide victim and has a passion for both helping those who are battling thoughts of suicide, and those who have been effected by suicide. Wolff says as they make their presence more well known in the area, they hope to work with all of the local schools.
“We are bringing a nationally known speaker, Dr. [Joshua] Rivedal to the Columbus area in September [25th],” says Wolff, “and we did start a brand new survivors of suicide support group here in Columbus also. It meets the first Tuesday of each month at the First Methodist Church at 7 p.m.”
The survivors of suicide support group will be meeting Tuesday, August 1st, and Wolff says they encourage anyone who is even thinking about attending a meeting to come visit the group at least once.
“It’s just a peer support group. There are no counselors. It’s just other people that have lost someone too suicide, you can come and talk freely and openly about all of your emotions and feeling about the whole tragedy that happened that touched your life.”
CAFF Chariman Rick Chohon said choosing to support the NNSPC was an easy decision.
“It’s a good cause. They do really good work. They’re bringing the program to Columbus now, and our fund is glad that they put in a grant, and we are going to award them that,” says Chohon.
Wolff says the group will be working hard to touch the lives of those in need here in the Platte County community as well as the rest of the northeast Nebraska area.