The Kim Foundation Blog features insights, news and resources on mental health and suicide prevention. Check back often to stay updated and informed.
We were privileged to attend the Center for Holistic Development annual luncheon on Thursday, June 28 and would like to reflect a bit of its success. Omaha’s Mayor Jim Suttle signed a proclamation recognizing July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and complimented the work of CEO Doris Moore, her staff, and her Board of Directors for recognizing the importance of treatment, in improving mental health care, and accessing resources that strengthen family wellness, especially in minority communities.
Children’s concerns were very much on our agenda earlier this month at The Kim Foundation and we’d like to share with readers our personal reflections regarding two meaningful events in Omaha. On Wednesday, May 9 NAMI-Nebraska and ASK-Omaha held a rally culminating in a candlelight vigil across the Kerry Foot Bridge to focus public awareness on children in need of mental health care. It was emphasized by several speakers that children do profit from early intervention; we shouldn’t wait until children feel so hopeless and so defeated before addressing treatment options. Our challenge is to change the system so that children can receive life changing help early on.
Nebraska is fortunate to be home to several organizations that extend a helping hand to children experiencing loss and grief. These organizations are of immense value to our communities, as they help youngsters of all ages understand loss and grief in age appropriate words, and to experience comfort in their loss. Sadly, many children and teens never experience these steps to healing, and carry a never healing scar from their loss for years to come.
Recently I had the unique experience of participating in the Heartland Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training with the Omaha Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and several other area law enforcement agencies. The commitment, compassion, and eagerness to improve their skills that these men and women showed throughout the week is commendable. Each officer volunteered to go through this 40-hour training and received a certification upon completion of the course.
Congratulations to Siena/Francis House for another spectacular ground breaking ceremony. Although they did pick one of the coldest, most blustery days for the outdoor ceremony, hearts and spirits were warm as preparations were made for construction of a new permanent supportive housing apartment. The building will hold 48 efficiency apartments, each housing homeless men and women who have a disabling condition. Each unit rents for $250 a month, including utilities.
The Kim Foundation recently read an article about a wellness program out of Indiana offering postive results and wanted to pass along the information. Read the