NET Hosts Online ‘WELL BEINGS’ Event to Encourage Mental Health Understanding

News Release Date: 
August 7, 2020

For Immediate Release

NET Hosts Online ‘WELL BEINGS’ Event to Encourage Mental Health Understanding

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 7, 2020) – In some way, everyone in Nebraska is impacted by mental health issues, medical conditions that make it difficult for people to cope with ordinary life. 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, is hosting 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 will host the live, online panel discussion “Preventing Youth Suicide in Nebraska,” Thursday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. CT. Nebraskans can watch online and submit questions by visiting the NET Nebraska or NET News Facebook pages and at WellBeings.org. The program will also be available on the NET Nebraska YouTube page (no account required). This is a free event and registration is not required.

To submit questions about mental health prior to the event or access Nebraska mental health resources, visit netNebraska.org/wellbeings.

The virtual online event will begin with video features, followed by the 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.

Jaden Roe, Green Bandana Project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Roe is a junior at UNL and was instrumental in bringing the Green Bandana Project to the Nebraska campus. He will be featured in one of the videos from students across Nebraska. The bandana identifies volunteers as a “safe” person to talk with an ally to those with mental health concerns.

The “Preventing Youth Suicide in Nebraska” virtual event is available to parents, teachers, counselors, caregivers, families and students, especially those in high school and the first years of college. It’s designed to offer suggestions on ways communities can support each other and encourage compassion about mental health. There will be several student video stories from across the state woven throughout the virtual event.

Nebraskans are encouraged to join the conversation about mental health on the “WELL BEINGS” Story Wall. Comments can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube with the hashtag #WellBeings.

Resource partners for the “WELL BEINGS” in Nebraska include: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Nebraska division); “Big Red Resilience” and “Well Beings” programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; The Kim Foundation; CenterPointe; Bryan Medical Center; the University of Nebraska’s Green Bandana Program; and St. Monica’s.

NET is one of 24 public media stations across the nation increasing awareness about mental health issues by connecting young people and those who care about them with frontline professionals who can help them recognize signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicide 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 2021.

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CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.

WELL BEINGS 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.