“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.
Updates From The Kim Foundation
The Kim Foundation has been very busy the first half of the year. Take a look at some of the highlights!
Maha Music Festival rocked Stinson Park once again this year and continued to shine the light on many non-profits in the area that advocate for mental health. A Community Village was set up for concert-goers to visit booths of each non-profit and participate in a free activity that promote mental wellness. The Kim Foundation provided a Calm Kit Station – including tea, bubbles, doodle notebooks, and a fun weaving craft.
The Kim Foundation has also continued co-facilitating the Metro Area Suicide Prevention Coalition (MASPC), a group that strives to end suicide in our community. One of the six workgroups within this coalition focuses on schools and school climate. This group created and developed the Nebraska School Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit to help schools learn how to prevent suicide and what resources are available before and after a suicide occurs. Information on common mental health conditions is also included in the toolkit along with local, mental health specific resources. These will be distributed to all middle and high schools in the Region 6 area over the next two months.
The Educational Service Unit #3 (ESU3) and The Kim Foundation were selected to lead the Nebraska School Mental Health Initiative starting in 2018. In June, the Nebraska School Mental Health Forum was held to continue the conversation about our schools and what we can do to improve our students’ mental health and ultimately, success. The gathering created much needed dialogue and was concluded with a survey about 2019’s event, which will be a full-fledged conference in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center. More information to come! Keep up-to-date on details at www.thekimfoundation.org.
Our annual luncheon, A Time for Hope & Healing, focuses on building awareness and support around mental health and suicide prevention in our community. This year’s event will feature Patrick Kennedy, one of the world’s leading innovators on the prevention and treatment of mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. Join us on Tuesday, October 16, to hear Patrick’s journey at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. Tickets are available for purchase here: http://www.thekimfoundation.org/annual-luncheon.html
The Kim Foundation has been very successful in delivering our message of hope through our presentations, A Voice for Hope & Healing. In 2017, we delivered more than 200 presentations to the public on topics of suicide prevention and mental health awareness, reaching just over 17,000 people, ranging from Omaha to western Nebraska, as well as into southwest Iowa. Whether you work with youth, adults, or for a corporation, we all have something to gain when it comes to knowing the signs of suicide and being more aware of our mental well-being. Let us know if you have a group interested in either topic by calling 402-891-6911 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for a presentation online at http://www.thekimfoundation.org/a-voice-for-hope-healing.html .