Well Beings

WELL BEINGS: Preventing Youth Suicide in Nebraska


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. 

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 suicide in young adults.

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According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is a leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in Nebraska. 

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, hosted its first virtual “WELL BEINGS” online event and discussion, “Preventing Youth Suicide in Nebraska.” Participants can learn practical skills and information to help recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicide in an effort to lower Nebraska’s youth suicide rate.

NET News Director Dennis Kellogg hosted the live, online panel discussion “Preventing Youth Suicide in Nebraska,” on Thursday, Aug. 20. Watch the discussion at the YouTube video above.

The virtual online event begins with video features, followed by a panel discussion with local mental health experts including:

Dr. David Miers, PhD - Director of Behavioral Health Services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Miers is a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor and member of the American Association of Suicidology. He is also a Suicidologist. Miers is the co-founder of the state of Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Council.

Miguel Estevez, PLMHP, PLADC - Therapist at the Friendship House, Grand Island, Neb.

Estevez is an English, Spanish and Portuguese trilingual mental health professional serving young Nebraskans and others through programs and therapy to cope with traumatic events, mental health conditions including substance use, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Julia Hebenstreit, Executive Director of the Kim Foundation, Omaha, Neb.

The Kim Foundation offers support, resources and compassion to those whose lives are touched by mental illness and suicide.

Saisha Adhikari, External Vice President of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN), Lincoln, Neb.

Adhikari is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in biology, psychology and public health. She speaks openly about her experience with anxiety and cultural stigmas attached to mental health.


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.

More information about this event can be found at WELLBEINGS.org/NET

Questions about this event?

Debbie Hamlett