In his first State of the Union address earlier this year, President Biden mentioned something that The Kim Foundation and other organizations have been tirelessly advocating for—a plan to address mental health issues across America. During the month of May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s great to know that the goal we work toward each day is now a presidential goal. Like many, we look forward to when mental health is just as prioritized as physical health, and we strive to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Unfortunately, this stigma often prevents people from reaching out and getting the care they desperately need. We hope you’ll join us for Mental Health Awareness Month as we carry out our mission of serving as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.
As a result of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in the need for mental health services across our community. That makes it even more crucial to join us in raising awareness and celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout May, you will see numerous social media messages, videos, and communications about mental health coming from The Kim Foundation. You can help by speaking out against the stigma surrounding mental health, supporting someone in your own life who struggles with their mental health or volunteering your time at a local mental health organization.
One of our major initiatives coming soon after Mental Health Awareness Month is the Nebraska School Mental Health Conference. The Nebraska School Mental Health Initiative was launched to promote strong mental health services in our schools, to provide resources and training to increase access, and to promote early intervention and wrap-around services for youth and families. Our theme this year is Resiliency, Advocacy, and Celebration. This is the first time we’ve had the conference in person for a couple of years now, so we’re expecting a conference full of inspirational, passionate, and energetic content!
The conference will be held on June 1st and 2nd with four keynote speakers, including Michael Bonner, Emma Benoit, Samantha Reaves, and Ryan Sallans. The conference costs $50 per person and includes 7.5 CEUs. The Nebraska School Mental Health Conference will take place at Embassy Suites in La Vista, Nebraska, and we hope you’ll join us!
For more information and to register, please visit https://www.thekimfoundation.org/nebraska-school-mental-health.