“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.
In 2008 July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established to help improve access to mental health treatment and services to promote awareness of mental illness. When trying to access treatment there can be many roadblocks such as language barriers, lack of cultural competence, racism, bias and discrimination in treatment settings, lower quality of care, inadequate health insurance coverage, as well as high level of mental health stigma in minority populations.
One in five people experience a mental health condition. Mental Health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. Mental Illness does not choose who it impacts, however, culture, race, gender or sexual orientation can affect a person’s access to treatment, support, and quality of care. When a mental health professional does consider cultural needs and differences, outcomes can be significantly improved.
There are many forms of treatment when it comes to your mental health. Finding the right mental health care treatment that works can be overwhelming. What works for some may not work for others. Support groups, talking to a therapist, seeing a doctor and taking medication are all forms of mental health treatment. NAMI has put together a helpful infographic to guide you with finding mental health care that fits your cultural background. The Kim Foundation offers a list of a variety of support groups across the state of Nebraska. You can also find a provider through Nebraska Mental Health’s website as well. Another great resource to assist with the financial burden that may come with seeking treatment can be found here.
During July take the time to learn more and promote public awareness of mental health conditions among communities of color and improve access to mental health care treatment. The more we talk about mental health, the more normalized it will become.