Welcome to NAMI Omaha

NAMI Omaha is a non-profit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Omaha actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.

NAMI Omaha has been supporting, educating and advocating for consumers, family members and professionals in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties since 1986.

 

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming NAMI Omaha Meetings

Topic: Suicide Prevention

When: August 7th 2014, 6:00pm

Where: Community Alliance
4001 Leavenworth St, Omaha NE

Suicide is when people direct violence at themselves with the intent to end their lives and die as a result of their actions. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. 38,364 people killed themselves in 2010--an average of 105 each day. There are many myths and much stigma surrounding suicide. Those of us having suicidal ideation may feel reluctant to seek help, and family members and friends may feel powerless to help those having suicidal thoughts. LuAnne Even, Ph.D., Nebraska Chapter Board President for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will talk about risk factors and warning signs of suicide, as well as what to do when you yourself or someone you know may be at risk for suicide.

NAMI Omaha Meeting

Topic: Ask the Doctor

When: September 4th 2014, 6:00pm

Where: Community Alliance
4001 Leavenworth St, Omaha NE

Most of us experience times when we are confused about our physical health diagnosis and the medical treatment we are receiving. We might feel that it is difficult to communicate with medical professionals and that we are being shut out of the treatment planning process. This is no different for people who are working with mental health professionals. Dr. Ramaswamy, a psychiatrist at Alegent Creighton, will give suggestions as to how people and family members can best communicate with mental and physical health professionals. He will also will answer questions audience members have regarding mental health treatment.

NAMI Omaha Meeting

Topic: Douglas County Mental Health Diversion Program

When: October 2nd 2014, 6:00pm

Where: Community Alliance
4001 Leavenworth St, Omaha NE

The Mental Health Diversion Program is an intensive case management service provided to individuals with serious mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. This program assists these individuals in establishing independent living skills, managing their mental illness, and reducing their contacts with the criminal justice system. Cynthia Boganowski, LCSW, is the Program Director for the Mental Health Diversion and Intensive Case Management programs. She will speak about these programs and will also discuss ways in which individuals with mental illness and their family members can advocate for mental health services when people are incarcerated.

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