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Suicide Prevention Awareness Funded by Out of the Darkness Walks

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Nebraska chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds its annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk [link] in Omaha on September 12 and in two other locations in Nebraska later in the month. In its sixth year, the Omaha walk is the second largest Out of the Darkness Walk in the country with more than 1400 participants last year.

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Horses Helping Humans at Take Flight Farms

In the soulful eyes of a horse there is an opportunity for growth, learning, and understanding unlike any other therapeutic or educational experience available. For those suffering from a wide range of mental health problems to those dealing with various professional and personal challenges, equine assisted therapy and equine assisted learning programs offered at Take Flight Farms, a non profit organization based in Omaha, Neb. may be the missing element needed to take those in need from one stage of recovery to the next.

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YWCA Omaha Youth Programs Open Door to Early Intervention and Prevention from Violence

Since 1893, YWCA Omaha has been dedicated to helping empower women toward personal, social, and economic success. Through a variety of programs and services that include domestic violence advocacy, career services, counseling, preventive training education, and nonviolence programs, YWCA Omaha is committed to helping women and their families build lives of strength, growth, and stability.

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Uta Halee Opens the Mildred Scott Wellness Center

Uta Halee Girls Village, an organization dedicated to providing a healing environment to adolescents and their families through comprehensive treatment programming in Omaha, Neb., is taking its services to an even greater level with the opening of the Mildred Scott Wellness Center.

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Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter

For more than 30 years the Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter in Omaha, Neb. has helped countless victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives by offering compassion, comfort, and care through a variety of specialized services and partnerships designed to help those in crisis make a fresh start.

Statistics report that nationally one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime and that an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of a physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Thousands of those cases affect Omaha. The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council reports that in 2008 the number of domestic violence calls made in Douglas County topped 23,000 with nearly 5,000 women and children seeking support services though local shelters. The need to address those numbers is paramount.

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Wraparound Oregon

In Oregon recently, it was my privilege to visit Wraparound Oregon, a team process focusing on the strengths and needs of children with emotional challenges.  

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