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
Alegent Creighton 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.

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Calendar & News

6-week Class Beginning Saturday, September 13, 2014
Writing Work Shop for Veterans and Active Military
Saturdays 9:00am-11:00am (Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25)
VA Nebraska-Western IA
Health Care System, Lincoln Campus

Meet with other Veterans and active Military who want to use writing as a way to creatively express their experiences. The class is open to beginner and advanced writers. Together we will explore memoirs, poetry, adventure, fiction, biographies, plays and screen plays.

To register or for more information: ATTN: VET WRITERS

Saturday September 13, 2014
“Shoulder to Shoulder- No One Fights Alone” Suicide Prevention 5k-1 mile walk/run
The Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors

All Proceeds from this event will benefit the Lincoln/ Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team. The LOSS team consists of trained survivors and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to persons who have a loved one complete suicide.

Veterans Memorial Garden
1650 Memorial Drive
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Registration-8:00 am
1 mile walk-9:30 am

Come support this event and remind all of our Military and Community members, that whether it is on the battlefield or at home, No one fights alone.

Registration includes a t-shirt. Please register by September 5th to guarantee t-shirt availability. To register go to

Sunday September 14, 2014
Out of the Darkness Community Walk - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Lewis and Clark Landing
515 N. Riverfront Drive, Omaha
For questions, contact Sherrita Foye at (402) 671-6718 or
To register, go to

Sunday September 14, 2014
Faith in Action, Hope Restored - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.

Indian Creek Golf Course
385 N. 202nd St.
Omaha, NE, 68022
Come enjoy cocktails and dinner while honoring this year’s award winners!

For more information, contact (402)591-5063 or

Tuesday, September 25, 2014
My Life Nebraska - Magellan Health Care
This month’s special guest will be Youth Emergency Services. My Life is a FREE empowering group for youth ages 13 to 23 who have experience with mental health, substance use, foster care and/or juvenile justice-related issues who want to use their experience to help others and improve the systems that serve youth.

6:00pm-8:00pm (Dinner will be provided)
Omaha North High School- Vikings Center
4410 N. 36th St., Omaha

For more information, contact: Amy Lammers at ALammers@magellan
or (402)437-4261

Sunday, September 28, 2014
2014 Run to Overcome - Bryan Health
Join us for the fourth annual Bryan Health Run to Overcome. We encourage everyone to participate from beginner to experienced roadrunner. Race proceeds will be used to provide education on depression and mental health.

12:15pm- 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run
1:00pm- 5k run/walk & 10k run
Lincoln Southwest High School-Track
7001 S. 14th St
Lincoln, NE

To register, go to:

Friday October 3, 2014
Annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk - Lincoln Regional Center
The walk will begin at the Lincoln Regional Center Administration Building and will proceed through the Lincoln Regional Center Arboretum. Entertainment, activities and food are planned!

Registration 11:00am-11:30am,
Walk 11:30am-1:00pm
Lincoln Regional Center
West Prospector Place and Folsom Street
Lincoln, NE

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Huskers vs. Ohio State Volleyball Game
Don’t Be Sidelined

DBS booth 3:30pm-5:00pm; Game starts at 5:00pm

Representatives from Don’t Be Sidelined partner organizations will be handing out bracelets and information on mental health from 3:30pm-5:30pm on October 4th before the women’s volleyball game.

Bob Devaney Sports Center
1600 Court Street
Lincoln, NE

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
"Running from Crazy" - Film Streams & The Kim Foundation
In preparation for The Kim Foundation’s "A Time for Hope & Healing" luncheon with Mariel Hemingway on October 22nd, Film Streams will be showing Hemingway’s documentary, "Running From Crazy." There will be a paneled discussion following the film.

Showing at 7:00pm, a panel discussion will immediately follow
Film Streams
1340 Mike Fahey St.
Omaha, NE

"Hailed as one of the most distinguished families in American literature, the Hemingways have always exposed their brilliance while often living in the shadows of deep emotional struggle. Two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple's newest documentary focuses on Mariel Hemingway, a granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family's disturbing history of mental illness and suicide." –Oprah Winfrey Network

Purchase your tickets at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Woods Awards - Lincoln Regional Center
The Woods Award Committee was organized in 1952 by Mr. Frank Woods. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and dignify the position of Psychiatric Technicians/Security Specialists at the Lincoln Regional Center. The awards are made on the basis of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrates outstanding service on behalf of patients.
  • Shows evidence of skill, initiative, and imagination in the performance of his/her duties.
  • Displays kindness and devotion to the patients in his/her care; and
  • Exhibits good work habits, maintains high attendance, and operates according to the policy structures of the Lincoln Regional Center.
  • Awards will be given to staff in psychiatric services and sex offender services.

Awards will be given to staff in psychiatric services and sex offender services.

Lobby of the Lincoln Regional Center
West Prospector Place and Folsom Street
Lincoln, NE

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
“The Mysteries of the Human Matrix: Finding a ‘Tough Happiness’ in Difficult Times” - 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week
Bryan Health welcomes Dr. Shawn Shea, an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of suicide prevention and creating resiliency. He will take the audience on an intriguing journey into the heart of three questions: What is the nature of happiness? How do we make it last? And What is the nature of human nature that allows us to find it in the first place? He deftly, and with a wicked sense of humor, will provide a dynamic map for self-exploration and problem solving, and will show you how to use it to transform difficult times. This is a free community event open to anyone with an interest in learning more about mental health.

Bryan Medical Center, East Campus
1500 S. 48th Street, Lincoln

To register for this free event, call 402-481-8886 or visit

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Mysteries of the Human Matrix: Finding a “Tough Happiness” in Difficult Times - Bryan Medical Center
Shawn Christopher Shea, MD, is an acclaimed speaker in the fields of suicide prevention and creating resiliency. Dr. Shea takes his audience on an intriguing journey into the heart of three questions: What is the nature of happiness? How do we make it last? and What is the nature of human nature that allows us to find it in the first place? He deftly, and with a wicked sense of humor, provides a dynamic map for self-exploration and problem-solving, and shows you how to use it to transform difficult times.

Bryan Medical Center, Bryan East Campus
1500 S. 48th Street
Lincoln, NE

To register, call (402) 481-8886 or online at

Thursday October 9, 2014
“Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Sensitive Material” - 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Symposium
Bryan Medical Center welcomes Dr. Shawn Shea, an internationally acclaimed innovator of the fields of suicide prevention, clinical interviewing, and improving medication adherence having given 850 presentations on these topics. The purpose of this symposium is to enable the learner to utilize evidence based patient interviewing techniques in order to obtain sensitive information pertinent to the care of the patient. Audience: Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health Practitioners, Chaplains and other interested healthcare professionals

Bryan Medical Center, West Campus
2300 S. 16th St
Lincoln, NE

Bryan Employees: $20
Non-Employees: $70

To register, go to:

Saturday, October 11, 2014
St. Monica's Behavioral Health Service for Women - Amazing Chase IX
9 Top Secret Locations (to be announced as event approaches)
Lincoln, NE
Cost: $250 per team (corporate sponsorships are available)

Registration is now open for St. Monica’s Amazing Chase IX to benefit women and their families overcoming addiction, mental illness, and trauma. This FUNdraiser sends teams of 4 all across Lincoln, finding secret locations where they'll perform Amazingly silly stunts. Each team includes a Beauty, a Brain, a Belly, and a Brawn, who face individual challenges in addition to feats performed by the entire team.

All donations collected by our Amazing Chasers make substance abuse and mental health treatment available to women working to build healthier lives for themselves and their families. The sooner your team starts raising support for women at St. Monica's, the better your chances of winning the top prize!

To register, visit and click the Amazing Chase logo. For more information, contact Becki Roberts at (402) 434-2812 or

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A Time for Hope & Healing with Mariel Hemingway
Embassy Suites-La Vista
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, NE 68128

Cost: $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10

The Kim Foundation is excited to announce Mariel Hemingway as this year’s keynote speaker at our second annual “A Time for Hope & Healing," luncheon. Mariel Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter, is an Academy Award nominated actress, model, author, and mental health advocate. She will deliver a powerful message of inspiration, hope, and insight on how to live a life of wellness, while embracing your mental health.

Register online or contact Julia Hebenstreit at jhebenstreit@the
or (402)891-6997.

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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.