4th Annual International Survivor of Suicide Day

Once again the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the Four County ADAMhs Board and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will sponsor the 4th Annual International Survivor of Suicide Day for 2020.  This free event was developed in order to give survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to connect with other survivors, in an environment that promotes sharing, community and healing.  Past events have traditionally been held in-person at St. John’s Lutheran Church. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually! The day will include the sharing of stories of loss and hope by three local speakers, private breakout sessions to connect with other survivors and opportunities for attendees to receive information regarding local mental health resources.  Past events have been well received by those in attendance.

While the event is free of charge, registration is required.  Attendance is limited so register online today by logging onto:


The event is open to anyone whose life has been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide, as well as friends and family members who support them. For more information on the Survivors Day Event, or resources available in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties, contact Tonie Long at the Four County ADAMhs Board at 419-267-3355 ext 3, or email Amanda Waldfogel at awaldfogel@arenewedmindservices.org

LOSS Team Volunteers

There are 27 volunteers who are part of the Four County  LOSS Team.  All volunteers complete a full day LOSS training and undergo an application screening process to participate on the team.  The first organizational meeting was held May 11,2015.  The volunteers participate in ongoing monthly organizational meetings which provide information and support to further their ability to respond to a death by suicide.  The LOSS Team is ready to respond to calls from first responders on a completed suicide in Defiance, Fulton, Henry or Williams counties. Community members who are interested in participating with the L.O.S.S Team should contact Tonie Long at 419-267-3355 ext#5, or at Tonie@fourcountyadamhs.com.

LOSS presented at Stryker Rotary


Stryker Rotary

Suicide survivors need support following this traumatic experience. Four County ADAMhs Board has begun to aid with this support by providing a L.O.S.S. team in the four county area. Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide or L.O.S.S. provides a team of trained volunteers to support those who are left behind. Pamela Pfium and BJ Horner spoke to the Stryker Rotary Club about the services provided as well as the importance of survivors getting help at their October 13th regular meeting. This type of support has been available for children for a number of years in our area, but help for adults is something that just began in May of this year. Statistics tell us that a suicide survivor is nine time more likely to become a victim of suicide. The survivor requires four and one half years to recover from this traumatic experience without help. The support provided by L.O.S.S. can reduce the recovery time to as little as 37 days. This area experienced 122 deaths by suicide in a seven year period from 2008 thru 2014. More than half of those deaths were adults age 40 thru 50, with 80% being men. A L.O.S.S. team is on call 24 hour per day to assist, working closely and directed by the law enforcement at the scene. The team consists of three or four trained volunteers, including at least one suicide survivor. In addition to the L.O.S.S. team at the scene, support groups also meet regularly to assist with the healing process. Pamela and BJ spoke to the club as a guest of Stryker Rotary Member Steve Planson. Pictured from left to right are Steve Planson, BJ Horner, and Pamela Pfium.







LOSS Team Training a Success

On March 30, 2015 more than 160 Four County residents attended a presentation held at Northwest State Community College, and sponsored by The Four County ADAMh’s Board, Behavioral Health Professionals of Northwest Ohio, and the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition. During the 8-hour training, Dr. Frank Campbell introduced the concept of the LOSS Team approach to suicide prevention. This unique response to suicide was developed by Dr. Campbell in an effort to break the cycle of generational suicide. Participants learned about the concepts of “postvention as prevention”, Crisis Theory, Active Listening, and Crime Scene Etiquette. Attendees were also given the opportunity to apply to become part of the Four County LOSS Team. In the event of a known suicide, a team made up of 3-4 trained volunteers will respond along with law-enforcement, in order to offer support and resources to the loved ones of the deceased. At least one Suicide Survivor, someone who has also experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, will be included on the team. Attendees of the Loss Team Training who are interested in volunteering should complete a Volunteer Application.  volunteer application

Dan Koch, Dr. Campbell, Sandra Manon,Les, Dr. Campbell, Sheriff MillerLes