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
   Omaha
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

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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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
My Life Nebraska - Magellan Health Care
This month’s special guest is United States Congressman Lee Terry. 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, NE 68111

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

12-week session begins Friday, August 29, 2014
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
Family-to-family is a free course for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness/brain disorders. A series of 12 classes (1 session weekly) structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Includes information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, and family communication.

6:00pm-9:00pm
Community Alliance
41st & Leavenworth, Omaha

Registration is limited and required by August 22, 2014. To register, contact ljensen@unmc.edu or (402) 517-5772.

12-week session begins Tuesday, September 9, 2014
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
Family-to-family is a free course for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness/brain disorders. A series of 12 classes (1 session weekly) structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Includes information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, and family communication.

6:30pm-9:00pm
Christ Community Church
404 South 108th Street, Omaha

Registration is limited and required by September 2, 2014. To register, contact ljensen@unmc.edu or (402) 517-5772.

12-week session begins Wednesday, September 10
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
Family-to-family is a free course for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness/brain disorders. A series of 12 classes (1 session weekly) structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Includes information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, and family communication.

3:00pm-5:00pm
Veterans Administration Recovery Center
Building #8 Conference Room
4101 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha

Registration is limited and required by September 2, 2014. To register, contact ljensen@unmc.edu or (402) 517-5772.

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: valdosta27@gmail.com 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
5k-10:00am


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 http://lincoln.eventful.com/
events/shoulder-shoulder-no-one-fights-alone-suicide-pr-/E0-001-073432813-0

Sunday September 14, 2014
Faith in Action, Hope Restored - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
5:00pm

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 development@lfsneb.org.

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014
St. Monica's Behavioral Health Service for Women - Amazing Chase IX
8:30am
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 www.stmonicas.com and click the Amazing Chase logo. For more information, contact Becki Roberts at (402) 434-2812 or rroberts@stmonicas.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A Time for Hope & Healing with Mariel Hemingway
11:30am-1:00pm
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
kimfoundation.org
or (402)891-6997.

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