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.

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

Friday, February 19, 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.

8:00 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

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Mental Health First Aid – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour training to teach participants how to help someone 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, 2nd floor
Cost: Free
Contact: srathbun@regionsix.com or 402-444-6573

Thursday, March 3, 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, March 3, 2016 - Speaker to be announced.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Christine Johnson of Omaha Behavioral Health Foundation.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
LGBTQ Suicide Risk and Prevention Conference – Nebraska AFSP Chapter
The full day conference is sponsored by the Nebraska AFSP Chapter. The goal is to raise awareness about LGBTQ suicide risk, bring research findings to the attention of professionals and the public, and explore strategies for LGBTQ suicide prevention in local communities.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Education Service Unit #3, 6949 S. 110th Street, LaVista
Cost: $50 ($20 for students)
Contact: LuAnne Even at leven@woodhaven
counseling.com
or Aileen Brady at Nebraska@afsp.org

Wednesday, March 9 & Thursday, March 10, 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.

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Both nights)
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, 3801 Harney Street
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Koley at jkoley@regionsix.com or 402-591-5000

Friday, March 18, 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

Thursday, April 7, 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, April 7, 2016 - Christine Johnson of Omaha Behavioral Health Foundation.

Saturday, April 9, 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.

8:30 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

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Out of the Darkness Walk – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Join the effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.

Registration at noon, Walk from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska Omaha campus
Participants who raise $100 or more will receive a free t-shirt
Contact: Michael Castillo at 402-350-4327 or macastillo@unomaha.edu,
Samantha Reed at 402-779-9179 or samanthreed@unomaha.edu

Friday, April 15, 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.

8:00 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

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

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

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

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Disclaimer:

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.