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
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
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

Thursdays, July 9, 16, and 23, 2015
Youth Social Well-Being Series: Prevention & Intervention through Theatre
Educators, counselors, non-profit professionals, parents, and all adults who want to help children are invited to join RESPECT at its Summer Series. Each session will include a presentation of one of RESPECT’s educational plays followed by a panel discussion from community experts. After a short break, RESPECT’s staff will lead a role-play training on the session’s topic allowing participants to problem solve difficult situations and leave with an array of techniques that will help address such problems in real life.

All sessions will take place on Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • July 9th: Internet Safety & Cyberbullying in Elementary & Middle School
  • July 16th: Mental Health and Peer Pressure in Middle & High School
  • July 23rd: Teen Dating Violence

Registration Fee:
1 Session - $25
2 Sessions - $45
3 Sessions - $60

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
C & A Industries
Webster Suite
13609 California Street
Omaha, NE 68154

For more information, visit

Friday – Sunday, August 14 – 16, 2015
Indian Center, Inc. Powwow 2015
The 46th Anniversary Celebration of the Indian Center, Inc. will take place in mid- August. The Powwow will feature gourd dancing, drum contests, flag raising, princess contest, men’s/women’s traditional dance contests, craft and informational booths, and food.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Indian Center
1100 Military Road
Lincoln, NE 68508

For more information:

Saturday, August 29, 2015
St. Monica’s Amazing Chase X
On Saturday, Aug. 29, teams of 4 will be searching for secret locations all over Lincoln where they'll perform hilariously awkward challenges. Each team designates a Beauty, a Brain, a Belly, and a Brawn for a variety of individual and team activities. This is an event unlike any other in Lincoln, and we want you to be part of the fun!

These Amazing Chasers compete in the months before the Chase, too. By raising funds for women in recovery, each Chase team aims to earn the earliest start time and the chance to win BIG prizes!

All funds raised by our Amazing Chasers provide substance abuse and mental health services for women in need in our community, plus support services for their families.

To register, go to:

Part 1 – July 24-25, 2015
Part 2 – September 11-13, 2015
EMDR Therapy Basic Training: Parts 1 & 2 with consultation – Lincoln Medical Education Partnership
This is the complete EMDR Therapy Basic Training approved by EMDR International Association and includes an additional 10 hours of consultation. Participants will learn the EMDR therapy approach, the basic eight-phase EMDR protocol, the Adaptive Information Processing Model, and how to incorporate EMDR into your practice. Use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of addictions and substance use disorders will be addressed. For more information please visit the TAP website at

4600 Valley Road
Lincoln, NE 68510

Cost: $1450 (if registered by June 12th); $1550 (after June 12th)

October 23-24, 2015
EMDR Boot Camp – Lincoln Medical Education Partnership
This 2-day course is designed as an EMDR therapy skills refresher course for newly trained as well as experienced clinicians. The workshop is specially intended for clinicians trained in EMDR therapy who have not had the ability to practice EMDR to the comfort level they would like to have when working with clients. For more information please visit the TAP website at

4600 Valley Road
Lincoln, NE 68510

Cost: $375 (if registered by August 14th); $425 (after August 14th) 

If you or someone you
know is suicidal or in
, dial 911.
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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.