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...

Alegent Creighton Health
Bryan Health
Husker Sports Marketing
Blue Valley Behavioral Health
Catholic Charities Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CenterPointe, Inc.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
NAMI Nebraska
Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition

Depression and Bipolar Support
Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska
Magellan Behavioral Health

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

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treatment options near you.
Helpful Links

Connect with the national
mental health associations
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Mental Health FAQs

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

Calendar & News

April 15-19, 2014
Five Days of Compassion
April 15-19, 2014 Compassion Omaha is hosting their second annual Five Days of Compassion. Each day has five simple actions that anyone can do. The theme for each day is:

Day 1: Omaha Visions
Day 2: Pay it Forward
Day 3: Volunteer Day
Day 4: Keep it Going
Day 5: Compassionate Planet

Click here to view this year’s poster of suggestions of how to show your compassion each day.

April 25, 2014 – April 26, 2014
KVC Behavioral Healthcare Nebraska - Fourth Annual Resource Family Conference
KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska is hosting the Fourth Annual Resource Family Conference at the Marriott Regency Hotel in Omaha. This event is hosted in order to honor those that are licensed foster families in Nebraska. Foster parents will be provided a full day of training, while the children enjoy a day or activities including going to Papio Fun Park. The families will also be able to enjoy time together while participating in fun activities. For more information on the conference, please call (402) 498-4700.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
NAMI Omaha Meeting – The Returning Veterans Resource Network
In the past several years there has been greater public awareness of mental health problems that are caused or increased due to military service. Many service members have left the military without having these issues identified or addressed. Jim & Joe facilitate a local peer support group, The Returning Veterans Resource Network. They will speak on mental health issues that service members face and will discuss resources available to service members, veterans, and their families.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Community Alliance
4001 Leavenworth St.
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday, May 9, 2014
Heartland EAPA Spring Conference
The Heartland Employee’s Assistance Professional Association will be hosting their spring conference on May 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mahoney State Park (28500 West Park Highway, Ashland, NE). Dr. Kate Speck of the University of Nebraska will be presenting on “Motivational Interviewing”. This conference meets requirements for 6 CEU credit hours for LMHPs. Lunch is provided. The cost is $50.00 for Heartland EAPA members and $90.00 for non-members.

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Kathryn at (402) 351-8103 or Rod at (605) 214-4666.

For more information on Heartland EAPA, visit

May 19-20, 2014
Child Welfare Stewardship: Maximizing Child Safety, Enhancing Well-being, and Strengthening Resilience
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(snacks provided; lunch on your own)

Project Harmony
11949 Q St., Omaha, NE
Target Audience: DHHS, NFC, mental health professionals, shelter staff, hospital social workers, school social workers, and youth serving organizations. Register today.

This two-day course is designed to educate professionals about how to reach mental health services and trauma informed therapy for children in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The course will help to teach professionals about screening, assessing, and referring of children for mental health, substance abuse, and trauma symptoms. Overall, the goal is to provide professionals with knowledge and skills so they are able to better help those individuals affected by mental health or traumatic events.

May 19-21, 2014
4th Annual Success, Hopes, and Dreams
Statewide Behavioral Health Conference
May 19-21, 2014
Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln

This outstanding conference brings together providers, stakeholders, consumers, family members, and others interested in behavioral health.

NEW this year: topic areas will address professional (clinical and managerial) and non-certified workshops for mental health, substance use, peer support, and problem gambling issues.

Information and forms can be accessed at www.nebraskastate

For information on attending, exhibiting, or advertising, contact:
Pat Talbott
Conference Coordinator
(888) 902-2822

May 19-21, 2014
Success, Hopes, and Dreams 2014 Conference
The Success, Hopes, and Dreams 2014 Conference is an opportunity for providers, legislators, consumers, veterans, family members, and others interested in behavioral health to come together. This conference offers keynote speakers and workshops focused on mental health topics. The conference will take place at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, NE.

To learn more about the conference and/or to register visit www.nebraskastate
or call Pat Talbott at (402) 441-4373.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Omaha Gives!
Omaha is hosting its second annual 24-hour charitable challenge. When the clock strikes midnight on May 21, you can make your donation of $10 or more. There are over 500 nonprofit organizations registered. There are prizes available for those making the donation. Donation matching funds are also being obtained, which means the more you give to a nonprofit the more they get.

To learn more about the event and get set to give, visit

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Surviving the Stigma: A Journey for Hope – 2nd Annual Two-Mile Walk and Fun Run
The Annual Two-Mile Walk and Fun Run with benefit the Lincoln/Lancaster County 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 had a loved one complete suicide. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for youth. All participants registered by May 17th will receive a t-shirt and bracelet. Register online.

Saturday, May 31
10:00 a.m.
Holmes Lake Park

Thursday, June 5, 2014
NAMI Omaha Meeting – Magellan Consumer and Family Advocacy Services
Magellan is a Managed Care Organization contracted by the Nebraska Divisions of Behavioral Health Services and Medicaid and Long-Term Care to manage publicly funded mental health, substance abuse and gambling addiction treatment for eligible children and adults across the state. While it is important for public funds to be spent appropriately, many people with mental illness, family members, and mental health professionals have had frustrating experiences with the service authorization process and have disagreed when there has been a service denial. Lisa Cusullo will give information on the authorization process, discuss what recourse is available when there is service denial, and be available to answer questions from the audience.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Community Alliance
4001 Leavenworth St.
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday, June 6, 2014
Neurobiology: A Course for Addiction & Mental Health Clinicians
This conference is an opportunity for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, licensed mental health practitioners, social workers, and others interested in understanding the brain origin and faulty circuits commonly involved in treating disorders such as addiction, depression, PTSD, and OCD. Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD will be presenting on four ideas during the conference. The cost of the conference is $45.00, which includes continuing education hours and meals. The registration deadline is May 30, 2014. To register, visit https://neurobiology2014.
. For more information, contact the Alegent Creighton Health Education Department at (402) 343-4311 or

Friday, June 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Alegent Creighton Health
Immanuel Medical Center
Holling Room
6901 N. 72nd St.
Omaha, NE

June 7 – 8, 2014
NCHS Sand in the City
Corporate and community group teams will be building sand sculptures for the chance to win the “People’s Choice” Award. Join in the fun of looking at the sculptures and participating in the family festival. For more information about the event please visit,

CenturyLink Center Omaha
Lot B
10th and Mike Fahey St.
Omaha, NE 68102

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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.