Mental illness affects nearly 1 in 5 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.
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
Magellan Health Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition


Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska
Nebraska Mental Health Centers

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

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Calendar & News

Thursdays
Online Connection Meeting – NAMI Nebraska
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis, where they can learn from others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer mutual encouragement and understanding on the road to recovery. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly. All meetings are led by trained individuals who are also in recovery.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Go to www.nebraskaconnections.com Fill in your information. Click “Register”. On Thursdays, a few minutes before 11:00 a.m., type in your Username and Password. Click “Login”. Click on the “Online Meeting” tab to take you to the live meeting.
Contact: 402-345-8101 or 1-877-463-6264

April 4, 2016 – June 27, 2016(Skipping Memorial Day)
Family-to-Family Education Program – NAMI
A series of 12 classes(one session weekly) structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The session includes information about mental illness, medications, coping, resources, problem solving, empathy, and family communication.

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
CHI Immanuel Hospital Conference Center, Omaha
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Contact: ljensen@unmc.edu or 402-517-5772

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sarpy County “Medicine Drop” – Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Sarpy County Attorney’s Office, DEA, Nebraska Great Plains RC & D, HyVee, and Papillion Sanitation
The organizations have partnered together to keep the public safe in their homes by properly disposing of expired and unused medications. No questions will be asked. They cannot accept needles, syringes or aerosol containers.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Shadow Lake Shopping Center, HyVee Parking Lot, Hwy 370 & 72nd Street
Cost: Free
Contact: Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office at 402-593-2288

Monday, May 2 and Thursday, May 5, 2016
All day
Eat Wings, Raise Funds
The Kim Foundation

Buffalo Wild Wings, 14615 West Maple Road
Cost: Full menu available

Help support The Kim Foundation on May 2nd and May 5th by dining at Buffalo Wild Wings. By telling your waiter/waitress that you support the foundation, 10% of your total bill will be donated to The Kim Foundation.

Contact: Jill Hamilton at jhamilton@thekim
foundation.org
or 402-891-6998

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Green on the Green – Nebraska Family Support Network
This is a celebration of children’s mental health awareness. There will be games, food, clowns, face painting, and more. The slogan is, “Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair!” The public is welcome.

6:00 p.m.
Turner Park in Midtown Omaha
Cost: Free
Contact: Dan Jackson at 402-345-0791

Thursday, May 5, 2016
NAMI Omaha Meeting
1st Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

CHI Service Center, 7261 Mercy Road

Monthly meeting for people with lived experiences of mental illness, family members and friends. Each meeting features a speaker. The meeting is an opportunity to find out more about the work of NAMI Omaha and receive support from others who are impacted by mental illness. A light meal is provided at each meeting with assistance from Region 6 Behavioral Health Services. Contact: 402-345-8101

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – THRIVE Leadership Club from Northwest High School

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Adult Mental Health First Aid – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Adult Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour training to teach participants how to help an adult who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, 3801 Harney Street
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Koley at jkoley@regionsix.com or 402-591-5000

Friday, May 20, 2016
Youth Mental Health First Aid – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour training to teach participants how to help a youth who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UNO Community Engagement Center, 60th & Dodge Street, Room 127
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Koley at jkoley@regionsix.com or 402-591-5000

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Omaha Tour for Hope 2016 – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Omaha Tour for Hope is a recreational cycling event with routes suitable for novices and challenging enough for experienced riders. Why we ride - TO SAVE LIVES AND BRING HOPE TO THOSE AFFECTED BY SUICIDE. Light breakfast, snacks, rest stops, medical support, roving RAG support and lunch provided! 12 mile, 25 mile or 50 mile routes: $50 registration fee provides mechanical support, full rest stops, medical support, light breakfast, snacks, plus lunch.

Check in at 7:30 a.m., 50 mile ride at 8:30 a.m., 25 mile ride at 9:00 a.m., 12 mile ride at 10:00 a.m.
Miller's Landing, 151 Freedom Park Road
Cost: $50
Contact: Jean Duffy at 402-250-3961 or afspbikerideomaha@aol.com

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run! – School Community Intervention & Prevention
The third annual fundraiser will feature a one mile Fun Run or a 5K race this year. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit sponsor booths to become eligible for prizes. Sponsor booths may include a variety of resources, information, treats and activities.

Registration at 8:00 a.m., Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m.
Haymarket Park, Lincoln
Cost: $25/person for the 5K, $15/person for the Fun Run
Contact: Michaela Emmons at 402-327-6843 or www.SCIPnebraska.com

Tuesday – Thursday, May 31 – June 2, 2016
2016 Annual Behavioral Health Conference: Success, Resiliency, and Recovery – Nebraska DHHS
The annual statewide behavioral health conference offers a multi-disciplinary approach which allows participants to engage in an opportunity to grow Nebraska’s systems of care. The conference will examine the evolving landscape by turning to those with first-hand experience, and those redefining the behavioral healthcare field.

Tuesday, May 31, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 2, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln
Cost: Registration is $55/person which includes meals, lodging & parking available at additional cost
Contact: HeidiAnne Werner at 800-548-0497 ext. 101 or hwerner@naadac.org

Thursday, June 2, 2016
NAMI Omaha Meeting
1st Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

CHI Service Center, 7261 Mercy Road

Monthly meeting for people with lived experiences of mental illness, family members and friends. Each meeting features a speaker. The meeting is an opportunity to find out more about the work of NAMI Omaha and receive support from others who are impacted by mental illness. A light meal is provided at each meeting with assistance from Region 6 Behavioral Health Services. Contact: 402-345-8101

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Dr. Joyce Sasse will go over the most commonly used psychiatric medications

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Saturday, June 4, 2016
The Family Org’s Statewide Pony Express Ride Across Nebraska – Nebraska Family Support Network
Over 50 motorcyclists re-enact the mail delivery service of the Pony Express to raise awareness for children’s mental health. Riders pick up letters and hand-deliver them to government officials at the state capitol in Lincoln. The riders will gather at the Boystown Campus to collect the letters.

Boystown Campus, Omaha
Contact: Dan Jackson at 402-345-0791

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Adult Mental Health First Aid – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Adult Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour training to teach participants how to help an adult who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, 3801 Harney Street
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Koley at jkoley@regionsix.com or 402-591-5000

Friday, June 10, 2016
Youth Mental Health First Aid – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour training to teach participants how to help a youth who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UNO Community Engagement Center, 60th & Dodge Street, Room 127
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Koley at jkoley@regionsix.com or 402-591-5000

Friday, June 10, 2016
Trauma in our Schools Conference – Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites, LaVista
Cost: TBD
Contact: Dr. Howard Liu at 402-552-7697 or hyliu@unmc.edu

Saturday, June 18, 2016
NAMI Cares - Steps to Success Walk
NAMI Nebraska

Registration at 9:00 a.m., Walk at 10:00 a.m.

Elmwood Park, Omaha
Cost: Free to walk, join teams to raise money for NAMI

Show your support for NAMI Nebraska at this year's walk event! Gather a team or walk individually to decrease stigma and to show your support for NAMI Nebraska. Help raise funding to continue the education and support programs for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness. The programs are offered at no cost and NAMI wants to continue offering this assistance. It is a day of food and fun while helping others!

Contact: Mary Thunker, NAMICares Walk Organizer at 402-640-8196

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Discovering the Future – CenterPointe
Actress, author and advocate, Mackenzie Phillips, shares her road to recovery at CenterPointe’s dinner event held in Lincoln.

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln
Cost: TBD
Contact: Abby Swatsworth at 402-475-8717

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
A Time for Hope & Healing – The Kim Foundation
The Kim Foundation supports innovative, sustainable programming in our community that focuses on the prevention and early intervention of mental health services, while building awareness of this too often stigmatized topic. Proceeds from this event will enable The Kim Foundation to continue pursuing these efforts while remaining a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Extended Session
Embassy Suites, LaVista
Cost: $75 for luncheon, $125 for luncheon & extended session
Contact: Julia Hebenstreit at 402-891-6997 or jhebenstreit@thekim
foundation.org

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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.