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

April and May Classes
Family-To-Family Education Program – NAMI
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free educational program for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illnesses/brain disorders.

A series of 6 sessions structured to help family, friends, and 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.

Classes are on Saturdays: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 16 and May 23

Please contact or 402-517-5772 for enrollment by April 10.

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm Location: Thanksgiving Lutheran Church
3702 S 370 Plaza
Bellevue, NE 68123

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

For questions, please contact Lisa Casullo at

May 20, 2015
My Story: I Was Homeless – Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
In Lincoln, as in the rest of the country, people who are homeless and near-homeless come from all walks of life – single people, single parents, families with children, veterans. In a recent two-year period, nearly 5,000 people in Lincoln were homeless. Hear more about the causes and effects of homelessness through the personal stories of people who have experienced it, and learn more about what our community can do to end homelessness in Lincoln.
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Community Health Endowment
250 N 21st Street
Lincoln, NE

Cost: Free Event

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Nebraska Nursing Round Table: Mental and Behavioral Health Care Webinar Series
Topic: Suicide and Bullying Webinar
"In this 90 minute webinar, Heather Wilhelm, MSN, PMHNP-BC & Catherine Jones-Hazeldine, Ph.D. will describe incidence, prevalence, risk factors, and presentation of suicide across the lifespan, contrast bullying from other normative negative social interactions, and its related consequences and outcomes, summarize the prevalence, risk factors, and presentation of symptoms in related to bullying, and demonstrate assessment and intervention strategies that can identify and treat those who have been bullied and/or are contemplating suicide."

This webinar can be viewed anywhere with an internet connection.
Webinar is FREE, but advance registration is required.

Register online at

Thursday, May 28, 2015
My Life
Speaker: Anthony Steels
Anthony Steels is a passionate, powerful public speaker, social worker, and entertainer who played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and went on to play in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. Anthony frequently shares his own humbling story as a former professional athlete who struggled with mental illness and addiction. Since retiring from the NFL, Anthony has steadily worked to improve the lives and communities of others through youth outreach, substance abuse counseling, and homelessness prevention programs. Anthony is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and earned his BS in Education from the University of Nebraska. He is also a gifted vocalist, frequently singing National Anthems at large sporting events and entertaining with his band, "Anthony Steels / a vocal experience."

Location:Omaha North High School
4410 N. 36th St.
Omaha, NE 68111
Cost: Free (dinner is provided)

May 28 - 30, 2015
The 2015 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Annual Pony Express Ride
Motorcyclists will travel across Nebraska collecting letters that address Nebraska’s need to invest in children’s mental wellness. Beginning in Gering May 28th with a parade ending at the steps of the State Capital in Lincoln on Saturday, May 30th, where the Pony Express Riders will deliver the letters to the hands of the young people at the steps of our state capitol in Lincoln, NE.

This Year's Theme: Mental Health is Fundamental

We will focus on the importance of including mental health in all public health conversations. Mental Health is essential to overall health. We must treat mental health challenges with the same urgency and respect as we treat physical health challenges. Holistic health depends on our ability to be well, mind and body, which can be achieved through integrated care across systems.

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) 

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, 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.