“It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in HEALTH are HEAL.” – Ed Northstrum
Mental health, along with physical health, is what defines our overall well-being. It is at the very core of how we see and react to the world around us. Recognizing the need for mental health services shows courage and strength. It is taking control of what matters most – you and your family!
Nebraska Mental Health helps you navigate your mental health needs in one, easy-to-use location. Let us provide you with the knowledge, resources and care you deserve.
Over ten years ago, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) noted there were a growing number of children and youth who needed better access and more appropriate mental health services. In 2013, with support from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF), Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, and The Kim Foundation, Project Harmony joined ranks with Nebraska Families Collaborative and over thirty other partners to improve mental health services for children and youth in the Omaha Metropolitan Area.
NebraskaMentalHealth.com is an outcome of this effort.
NebraskaMentalHealth.com provides centralized access to local and regional mental health information in a single location. The goal of NebraskaMentalHealth.com is to expand knowledge about mental health terminology and to help connect those in need with the mental health information, treatment, and services. The website includes:
- Basic mental health information;
- Common mental health terminology;
- Information about evidence based therapy practices (EBPs);
- Local therapist information;
- Links to mental health related sites on the local, state, and national levels; and,
- Other resource addressing basic needs (such as transportation, food pantries, and utility assistance).
With new resources added continually, this isn’t just about finding a mental health provider. It is about feeling informed and empowered.
Mental Health First Aid: Community education to build understanding of mental illness
It can be challenging to understand a concept or an idea if you’ve never been exposed to it nor had the opportunity to learn about it. However, the more you learn and experience the easier it becomes to know how to prepare, react, and respond. It can be the same with understanding mental illness and what someone with a mental health challenge may be experiencing.
The concept of mental illness is complex and not often talked about, which can lead to misunderstanding, assumptions, and stigma. It can be more easily understood when compared to our understanding of physical health illnesses; the brain as just another organ that can become unwell. Using this frame, a mental illness or a mental disorder is a diagnosable illness (like asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure) with signs, symptoms, and treatments. These disorders affect a person’s thinking, emotions, and behaviors, and disrupt their ability to go to or perform well at work or school, carry out daily activities, and engage in satisfying relationships.
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, with support from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services-Division of Behavioral Health, is coordinating community education opportunities to raise awareness and increase understanding of mental illness. This program is called Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based, internationally recognized training program. The goals of the course are to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and equip participants with the skills to be able to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, intervene early, and assist someone who may be in crisis.
The course is designed to provide participants with data driven information about signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to help someone experiencing these challenges. Specific topics discussed in the course are Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Suicide, Reactions to Traumatic Events, Psychosis, and Substance Use Disorders. Participants learn the five-step Mental Health First Aid Action Plan and actively apply this plan to a set of scenarios and group activities. The steps of the action plan include:
Assess for Risk of Suicide or Harm
Giving Reassurance and Information
Encourage Appropriate Professional Help
Encourage Self Help and Other Support Strategies
To learn more about Mental Health First Aid you can visit the Mental Health First Aid website www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. If you are interested in attending an open community course please visit the Project Harmony training calendar for open dates- https://www.projectharmony.com/Training/Calendar.aspx. We can also schedule training for your organization or a group of organizations with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30 participants. Contact Crystal Fuller at (402)546-1192 or email@example.com to discuss possible training dates and other training logistics. Each course has 8 hours of instruction time, which can be completed in one full day or in two four-hour sessions.