“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.
The Metro Area LOSS Team
The Kim Foundation in partnership with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and Region 6 established a Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team in the Omaha Metro area. The Metro Area LOSS Team is based on a nationally-recognized postvention effort to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. LOSS acts as a first response team when a suicide occurs and works together with law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMT’s, and other first responders. Members of the LOSS team, which consist of survivor volunteers (persons who have experienced the suicide of a loved one) and mental health clinicians are activated by first response officials to the scene of the suicide. They are present to offer support, resources, and hope to the newly bereaved. The team also participates in call outs in the weeks and months following the death of a loved one if the family is not ready for them to come out the day of the suicide. Team members provide follow-up contact with survivors and help coordinate the utilization of services and support groups within the community. Research has shown that through programs such as LOSS, survivors are not only more likely to seek help for their own emotional response to the suicide, but they are also at a significantly reduced risk to attempt or complete suicide themselves.
We are currently looking for volunteers to join the team! If you have survived a suicide loss or are a mental health clinician and you have an interest in joining the Metro Area LOSS Team, please fill out the application on the link provided below. Once the application has been submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. After being accepted to the team, members alternate months when they are on call for call outs with families. They attend monthly meetings to receive training and ongoing support, as well as connect with other team members. Please consider being a volunteer and member of such a worthwhile team!