Good, Healthy Life: Mental Health


Episode 5: Mental Health

On this episode of Good, Healthy Life, the focus is mental health. 

Our emotional, psychological and social well-being affects how we feel, think and act.
It impacts how we handle stress, make decisions and our relationships. It is important at every stage of life.

Our mental health often can be triggered by traumatic events. Many Nebraskans have experienced this with flooding and the blizzard that hit the state in March 2019. Panelists on this episode discuss resources that are in place, common reactions and potential long-term impacts of the disaster.

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Meet the panelists:
Denise Bulling
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
Denise Bulling has a Ph.D. in Human Science and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Bulling joined the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center in 2003 and is a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor with extensive field experience in behavioral health.  Dr. Bulling’s research interests include behavioral health policy, disaster and homeland security issues, and threat assessment. She specializes in qualitative research and mixing methods to ensure research and evaluation results are meaningful and practical.

Michelle Soll
Nebraska Rural Recovery Response Hotline
Michelle Soll serves as the farm program director for the Rural Response Hotline and Legal Aid of Nebraska.  Soll has been working with farmers for 31 years, 29 of those with Legal Aid of Nebraska.  Soll works directly with its mental health-counseling program called Counseling Outreach Mental Health Therapy (COMHT), which started in 1999. Soll has strong ties and commitment to the farmers/ranchers, their families, and the rural communities after growing up on a farm and currently farming with her husband.  Soll's work makes her familiar with many farm programs and the farm system and takes a personal interest in family and generational farming along with the physical and mental health of the individuals involved in the agriculture industry. 

Sheri Dawson
Nebraska Health and Human Services
Sheri Dawson, RN, BS, is currently serving as Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Community Based Services.  Sheri graduated from Bryan School of Nursing and Nebraska Wesleyan University.   She has served in nursing and management roles in mental health and substance use treatment in both private and public settings.  She was an Associate Director of Nursing at the Lincoln Regional Center for five years.   She has served in a variety of roles in Public Health and Behavioral Health at DHHS over the last 18 years.   Sheri currently serves on the boards of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).  She has committed over 32 years to the behavioral health field.  

Katie McLeese Stephenson
Katie McLeese Stephenson serves as the Executive Director of HopeSpoke, the largest provider of children’s mental health services in Lincoln. Her career has been dedicated to children and families in need through her work in the non-profit sector and the judicial and executive branches of state government. Katie is a former member of the LPS Board of Education.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations and Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association.  

Melanie Dawkins
Series Host
Ms. Dawkins is an experienced television host and anchor.  Her career includes twelve years in the television field, reporting on a wide range of subjects.  She has experience reporting on a number of health topics while working closely with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which included weekly health stories. Ms. Dawkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism.


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