Mental illness affects nearly 1 in 4 Americans - people of all ages, across all walks of life. There are many types of mental illness and those affected may be your friends, neighbors, a family member, or even you.

Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of or ignored. It’s real and more common than you may think. The consequences can be serious. If you or someone you know is showing signs of persistent sadness, excessive fear, worry, anxiety, or other troubling behaviors, don’t be sidelined. Mental illness is treatable. The first step is to ask for help.

Make your mental health a priority and get back in the game. It’s worth winning.

The Don't Be Sidelined
campaign is brought to
you by:

The Kim Foundation

In partnership with...

Bryan Health
CHI Health
Husker Sports Marketing
Blue Valley Behavioral Health
Catholic Charities Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CenterPointe, Inc.
Indian Center Inc. Youth Suicide Prevention Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition

Depression and Bipolar Support
Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska
Magellan Behavioral Health
NAMI Nebraska

To get involved with the Don't Be Sidelined campaign, contact Julia Hebenstreit with The Kim Foundation.

About Mental Illness

Learn about the symptoms
and types of mental illness.
Finding Help

Locate mental health
treatment options near you.
Helpful Links

Connect with the national
mental health associations
for more information.
Mental Health FAQs

Find answers to the most
commonly asked questions
about mental illness.

Calendar & News

April 21, 2015
CHADD Meetings
Speaker: Dr. Cindy Ellis, MD Monroe Meyer Institute, UNMC
Medications for ADHD: What they are and how they work in the brain

Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Benson West Elementary School (north side of building)
6652 Maple St.
Omaha, NE 68104

Cost: Free Event

April and May Classes
Family-To-Family Education Program – NAMI
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free educational program for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illnesses/brain disorders.

A series of 6 sessions structured to help family, friends, and caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Includes information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, and family communication.

Classes are on Saturdays: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 16 and May 23

Please contact or 402-517-5772 for enrollment by April 10.

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm Location: Thanksgiving Lutheran Church
3702 S 370 Plaza
Bellevue, NE 68123

Monday, May 11, 2015
Theater of War – Outside the Wire, LLC
A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’ AJAX

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient Greek war play, as a catalyst for facilitated town hall discussions about the challenges faced by Service Members, Veterans, and their families today. These lively, interactive events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

Cornhusker Marriot Hotel
333 S. 13th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508

Free admission, seating is limited.

May 19, 2015
CHADD Meetings
Speaker: Amanda Hebner, PLMHP, BCC
ADHD: Benefits of Coaching

Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Benson West Elementary School (north side of building)
6652 Maple St.
Omaha, NE 68104

Cost: Free Event

May 20, 2015
“My Story” Series – Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
My Story: I Live With Mental Health Challenges
In this country, one in every four adults experiences a mental health challenge in a given year; nearly one in 20 lives with a serious mental illness. But mental health remains a topic most people avoid. Hear from four people who have lived experience with mental illness. Presented in partnership with CenterPointe and the Mental Health Association of Nebraska.
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Community Health Endowment
250 N 21st Street
Lincoln, NE

Cost: Free Registration: To register, please go to

May 20, 2015
My Story: I Was Homeless – Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
In Lincoln, as in the rest of the country, people who are homeless and near-homeless come from all walks of life – single people, single parents, families with children, veterans. In a recent two-year period, nearly 5,000 people in Lincoln were homeless. Hear more about the causes and effects of homelessness through the personal stories of people who have experienced it, and learn more about what our community can do to end homelessness in Lincoln.
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Community Health Endowment
250 N 21st Street
Lincoln, NE

Cost: Free Event

May 28 - 30, 2015
The 2015 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Annual Pony Express Ride
Motorcyclists will travel across Nebraska collecting letters that address Nebraska’s need to invest in children’s mental wellness. Beginning in Gering May 28th with a parade ending at the steps of the State Capital in Lincoln on Saturday, May 30th, where the Pony Express Riders will deliver the letters to the hands of the young people at the steps of our state capitol in Lincoln, NE.

This Year's Theme: Mental Health is Fundamental

We will focus on the importance of including mental health in all public health conversations. Mental Health is essential to overall health. We must treat mental health challenges with the same urgency and respect as we treat physical health challenges. Holistic health depends on our ability to be well, mind and body, which can be achieved through integrated care across systems.

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About the Campaign


Don't Be Sidelined does not provide direct services and is not able to respond immediately to requests for information.
Visit our Finding Help page for services in your area. If you or someone you know is suicidal or in crisis, dial 911.