WELL BEINGS: Mental Health in the Classroom

Hear from students about their mental health journeys, as well as mental health professionals and educators who help at-risk students get the help they need.

Panelists include:

Sheri Dawson, R.N., Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, Neb.

Since 2001, Dawson has held several different roles within the department, including Deputy Director of Community-Based Services, QI and Managed Care Administrator, Program Specialist and Nurse Surveyor/Consultant.

Dana Tewahade, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Chadron Public Schools, Chadron, Neb.

As a school-based mental health practitioner, Tewahade provides mental health therapy. She has also taught anger management, communication and conflict-resolution skills in classrooms.

Jamie Mapp, Ed.S., NCSP, school psychologist with ESU 5, serving Southeast Nebraska

Mapp is a school psychologist who works as a mental health clinician. She partners with the mental health team, school districts, administrators, teachers and staff, students, families and community members to provide a range of services and supports that promote mental wellness among all students.

WELL BEINGS is an informational program to help parents, teachers, counselors, caregivers, families and students understand ways communities can support each other and encourage compassion during times of anxiety and depression.

Mental health issues can cause changes in thinking, feelings, behavior, and physical activity. Did you know Nebraska has a higher than national average for youth suicide? Hear from people who are on the frontlines of providing care and understanding for youth aged 10-24 who struggle with mental health issues that may lead to suicide. Learn practical skills and information to help you recognize signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in young adults.

WELL BEINGS events in Nebraska and across the country are leading up to a new Ken Burns’ documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight: Our Mental Health Crisis” scheduled for broadcast on PBS stations in Spring 2022.


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.

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

Questions about this event?

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