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 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

March 2015 (Start date to be determined)
“Buried in Treasures” Hoarding Workshop

Based on the book, Buried in Treasures, this FREE 20-week consumer workshop uses proven cognitive-behavioral techniques to improve your relationship with stuff. Participants should be willing to attend all scheduled sessions and to complete weekly homework of readings and home exercises.

Each participant will also receive a free copy of “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding,” by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee.

Tiffany Andreason, PLMHP, PCMSW
Jennifer Baker, PLMHP, PCMSW
Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, LICSW

Location: Bellevue, NE (Specific location to be determined)
Registration: This free workshop is limited to 10 participants. For more information or to register, contact Christiana Bratiotis, at 402-554-2921.

March 26, 2015
“My Story” Series – Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

My Story: I Am a Suicide Survivor
Since 1997, more than 500 Lancaster County residents have committed suicide. Hear personal stories of suicide survivors - individuals who know first-hand the loss of a loved one to suicide - and learn how they use their personal experience to benefit others. Presented in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team and the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSSPC).

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Community Health Endowment
250 N 21st Street
Lincoln, NE

Cost: Free Registration: To register, please go to

April 2, 2015
Mental Illness and Financial Assistance from Social Security Disability Benefits

Presenter: Tim Cuddigan of Cuddigan Law

If you, or someone you care about, is living with a mental illness and is unable to work, you may qualify for monthly payments from the Social Security disability Insurance benefits program.

However, winning benefits based on a mental impairment can be a complex, difficult and frustrating process. But it can be made easier with expert advice and guidance.

Tim will share tips and inside information on how to get the Social Security disability insurance benefits you've earned and he will be available to answer your questions.

Cuddigan Law is a firm which has focused on disability law exclusively since 1994 and has helped thousands of people across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Tim Cuddigan is the current president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He is recognized nationally for his knowledge of Social Security law and regularly speaks to local and national audiences. He is past president of NAMI Nebraska.

Time: 6:00 PM Location: CHI Health Service Center
7261 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, NE 68131
(Enter via the main doors facing Mercy Rd.)

If you have a specific question you'd like Tim to address, please submit your question to

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
“My Mother’s Garden” – Omaha Hoarding Task Force
My Mother's Garden is the story of Eugenia Lester whose hoarding disorder has entered a dangerous and life threatening stage. Directed by her daughter Cynthia, the film documents how one family comes together to cope with their mother's disorder and rebuild a lost sense of family.

Doors open at 5:45pm
Film begins at 6:30pm
Panel discussion to follow

Nebraska Humane Society
Society Auditorium
8929 Fort St.
Omaha, NE 6813

Free Event

Monday, May 11, 2015
Theater of War – Outside the Wire, LLC
A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’ AJAX

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient Greek war play, as a catalyst for facilitated town hall discussions about the challenges faced by Service Members, Veterans, and their families today. These lively, interactive events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

Cornhusker Marriot Hotel
333 S. 13th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508

Free admission, seating is limited.

May 20, 2015
“My Story” Series – Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
My Story: I Live With Mental Health Challenges
In this country, one in every four adults experiences a mental health challenge in a given year; nearly one in 20 lives with a serious mental illness. But mental health remains a topic most people avoid. Hear from four people who have lived experience with mental illness. Presented in partnership with CenterPointe and the Mental Health Association of Nebraska.
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Community Health Endowment
250 N 21st Street
Lincoln, NE

Cost: Free Registration: To register, please go to

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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.