“It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in HEALTH are HEAL.” – Ed Northstrum

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Welcome

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.

About Us

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.

Local

As reported previously, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation was the sub-awardee for the the Nebraska Expectant and Parenting Grant (NEPG).  This grant is specifically for the support of expectant and parenting Teens, women, fathers and their families and began July of 2018 and goes to June of 2020.   The purpose of the NEPG is to positively transform parenting behaviors and outcomes for pregnant/parenting older youth by building personal and parenting skills.

Year one of the grant was focused on Douglas County, Norfolk and North Platte.  Year two began July 1, 2019, and expanded into Sarpy County and Lincoln.  An NEPG year one summary is summarized below:

Community  Recruitment Target Total Enrolled as of June 30, 2019
Norfolk 27 38
North Platte 40 48
Omaha/Douglas 234 268
Total 291 354

Year one was primarily focused on solidifying better collaboration between community agencies in order to improve/enhance supports for pregnant and parenting youth.  Another year one focus area was training staff who serve pregnant and parenting young people in Families Thrive.  Year two will focus on creating more training opportunities for direct staff and young parents, recruiting additional partners to collaborate and serving more young parents.  A focus on the sustainability of the system changes made to better serve young parents will also occur in year two.

If you  have further questions, please contact Ronda Newman at rnewman@nebraskachildren.org.