Mental Health & Well Being in Nebraska

Upcoming Events

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Home & School Connections for Youth Mental Health

Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. CT
Online Discussion Event

Strengthening partnerships between schools, providers and families gives our youth better mental health support. Join us for a discussion that explores how we can create these connections in Nebraska. Panelists include:

  • Josué Covarrubias, principal at Barr Middle School, Grand Island Public Schools
  • Sheri Dawson, director of the Behavioral Health Division, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (moderator)
  • Jennifer Jackson, executive director of Heartland Counseling, South Sioux City
  • Kiva Sam (Wamnuga Win), Educational Service Unit 1 school psychologist (intern) at Isanti Community School in Santee and citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe

This online event is inspired by the recent PBS documentary Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness A Film by Erik Ewers & Christopher Loren Ewers. During the event, we will feature clips from the film as well as stories from Nebraska youth, teachers and administrators. Learn more about the film and watch online at, or on the PBS Video App.

This event will be held on OVEE. A link to watch the screening will be included in your confirmation and reminder emails.

Save the Date!

Mental Health Resources Across Nebraska
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. CT

Join us for our second online discussion event inspired by Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness. Stay tuned for additional panel details and registration information.

About Hiding in Plain Sight

About the Film

Follow the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm.

Sponsors and Partners

Support is provided by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dana Foundation, Dauten Family Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, XQ Institute, John & Frances Von Schlegell, Sutter Health, Robina Riccitiello, Jackson Family Enterprises, John C. & Katherine M. Morris Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and Pritzker Traubert Foundation.

Outreach and Engagement Partners include One Mind, CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WE Organization, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, The Steve Fund, The Jed Foundation, Athletes for Hope, Find Your Anchor, Well Being Trust, Embark Behavioral Health, Peg’s Foundation, and Inseparable.

Recent Events

Facing Suicide: Exploring Nebraska Resources

Sept. 7, 2022 Online Discussion Event

This online discussion about suicide prevention in Nebraska was inspired by the PBS documentary Facing Suicide. This event featured a live panel discussion and personal stories from Nebraskans impacted by suicide.


  • Dr. Belinda Hinojos, PhD, staff psychologist and training director, Morningstar Counseling
  • Jennifer Krajewski, North Platte Suicide Prevention Coalition coordinator, Southwest Nebraska LOSS Team coordinator, board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Nebraska Chapter, and suicide survivor
  • Dr. Dave Miers, PhD, LIPC, director of Behavioral Health at Bryan Health and co-founder of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Jennifer Sparrock, LCSW LIMHP, manager of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Nebraska Medicine and board chair elect of the AFSP Nebraska Chapter

Nebraska stories:

  • Soni Cochran, team lead of Nebraska Extension's Rural Wellness Team, certified QPR trainer, and suicide loss survivor
  • Jeremy Koch, Nebraska business owner, suicide awareness advocate and author, and suicide survivor
  • Donna Wolff, president of the Northeast Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition, AFSP Nebraska board member, and suicide loss survivor

Facing Suicide is available to watch online at, or on the PBS Video App.

Explore Facing Suicide Resources

Live event chat

Read the live event chat with suicide prevention links and resources.

About Facing Suicide

About the Film

Each year tens of thousands of Americans take their own lives, and many more have thoughts of suicide. Facing Suicide, a new documentary from Twin Cities PBS, investigates this urgent health care challenge. Narrated by Josh Charles, the film explores the stories of Americans impacted by suicide and journeys to the frontlines of medical and scientific research to meet some of the people who are working to curb the suicide crisis. Though suicide touches all races, genders, and socio-economic groups, the film finds that there is reason for hope: advances in research are shedding new light on risks and revealing prevention strategies that can save lives. Poignant, powerful, and timely, the Facing Suicide project aims to elevate and destigmatize the topic of suicide; offer an important message of hope and healing; and empower audiences and communities to help those who may be at risk.

Sponsors and National Partners

Major funders for Facing Suicide are PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. National partners are the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Jed Foundation, and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

Related Content

Recent Nebraska Public Media News Stories

Nebraska Strong: Well-Being During Trying Times

Support during stressful times is more important now than ever. Whether it is from the impacts of COVID-19, financial concerns or relationship issues, dealing with stress and mental well-being is critical to live a full, good, life. The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program working with individuals, families and communities impacted by COVID-19 and other issues that threaten well-being. Nebraska Strong provides community-based support and education to help all Nebraskans.

State of Mental Health

Nebraska Public Media News explored mental health issues across Nebraska in this news series.


The WELL BEINGS campaign addresses the critical health needs of Americans through broadcast content, original digital content, and impactful local events. The multi-year campaign, created by WETA Washington, D.C., brings together partners from across the country, including patients, families, caregivers, teachers, medical and mental health professionals, social service agencies, private foundations, filmmakers, corporations and media sponsors, to create awareness and resources for better health for all.

WELL BEINGS events in Nebraska and across the country were inspired by the Ken Burns-produced documentary Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness currently available to watch on or the PBS video app.

To learn more, visit or follow @WellBeingsOrg on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and join the conversation with #WellBeings.

Nebraska Mental Health Resources

Looking for mental health resources? Download this guide to see lists of national organizations and partners, as well as Nebraska mental health resources located across the state.


Call 988

If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help.

It provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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Community Partners

Nebraska Public Media's mental health events are planned in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Nebraska Chapter, the Behavioral Health Division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Boys Town National Hotline, Bryan Health, the Kim Foundation, NAMI Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Education's Project AWARE, Nebraska Extension's Rural Wellness Team and the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Neb Needs You Kindness


Nebraska Needs You is a community-wide social media campaign focused on promoting hope, resilience and connectedness among rural youth in Nebraska by sharing positive and empowering key messages that will encourage them to see their worth, take care of their mental health and to reach out for help if they or someone they know is considering suicide.