May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Are you experiencing uncertainty, fear and anxiety? Just know you’re not alone.

As we all cope with the impacts of COVID-19, everyone will respond differently and some will face new anxieties, fears and mental health impacts. Now more than ever before, it is important to come together and show that we are here for each other.

 

Each year millions of people face the reality of living with a mental illness. In fact, 47.6 million, or 1 in 5, U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018.

At United Way of the Midlands, we understand the importance of evidence-based mental health services and trauma-informed practices, and we prioritize supporting programs that deliver these services to individuals facing poverty.

In our community, people living in poverty are nearly 5 times as likely to report they struggle with mental health than those who do not. 

We work to break down the barriers to mental healthcare access, and we know it’s crucial that our community works together to fight stigma, share knowledge and support those with mental health challenges. Especially during this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that we’re here for you.

That’s why we are working with local health departments, The Wellbeing Partners, and others on a regional plan to improve mental health in the region. Click the button below to learn more, and continue scrolling to access mental health resources for you and your family.

Take Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Help yourself, family, friends and the community.

The uncertainty about the future due to the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for individuals. Fear and anxiety during this time can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in everyone. Take the time you need to care for yourself, friends and family. When we help others cope with their stress our community becomes stronger.

Here are some ways to cope with stress:

 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories related to the pandemic
  • Take care of yourself both internally and externally
  • Carve out time in your schedule to unwind
  • Talk with your loved ones via video chat, email or social media
  • Keep up with a regular routine

Resources for You

Explore these local, state and national resources to learn more about mental health by the numbers and who to contact.
Helplines and Crisis Support
  • For mental health emergencies, call 911

24-Hour Behavioral Information & Referral Line

  • 402.717.HOPE

Suicide Hotline

  • 1.800.273.TALK

Nebraska Family Helpline – for those concerned about youth

  • 1.888.866.8660

Safe Harbor

  • 402.715.4226

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • 800.985.5990
  • Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Boys Town National Hotline

Nebraska Rural Response Hotline

  • 800.464.0258

Salvation Army Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline

  • 877.220.4195
  • Available Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Heartland Family Service video-conferencing

  • For services in Iowa, call 712.322.1407
  • For services in Nebraska, call 402.552.7400

Methodist Emotional Support Line

  • Call 402.815.8255 (TALK) to speak to a counselor
  • Available daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

  • Call 855.659.2706

Behavioral Health Connection from Nebraska Medicine

United Way of the Midlands’ 211 Helpline is here for you, 24/7

Not sure where to start? 211 can help you access the right mental health resources and connect you to assistance for food, housing, utilities and more. Just call 2-1-1 (for 402.444.6666) or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with one of our helpline specialists.

Our specialists can help you learn more about local programs and assistance in these areas:

  • Utility Assistance
  • Rent Assistance
  • Food Pantries
  • Shelter and Housing Services
  • Clothing
  • Abuse Prevention
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Support Groups
  • Senior Services
  • Transportation
  • Disaster Services
  • Government Shutdown Support
  • Legal Services
  • Health Care Services
  • Family Support
  • Financial Assistance and Education
Local Organizations

Share Your Story

Help break mental health stigma by sharing your story with The Wellbeing Partners.

One in five people will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in their lives, but five out of five will go through a challenging time that affects their mental health. Please consider anonymously sharing your story to help others today.

About the Author

Okina is the Marketing Intern at United Way of the Midlands. She’s always ready to go when the marketing and communications team needs help with projects relating to graphic design, social media or writing. Outside of work, she loves to hang out with family and friends, go to the movies or play with her pup Barry.

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