Organization Name: Methodist Community Counseling Program
Mission: To bring professional counseling services closer to students and families, and ensure these services are available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.
Funded Program Description: The Methodist Community Counseling Program (MCCP) is part of our community’s response to providing easily accessible and affordable mental health care. The program does this by providing school based counseling in all Omaha Public Middle Schools, High Schools and Alternative Programs. Additional community locations are open to anyone, not just OPS students or Methodist patients.
The MCCP addresses suicide prevention and other mental health concerns with students and their families on a regular basis, and provides the compassionate support to help clients work through issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking an emotional toll on the community, and the MCCP is available to help. The Methodist Emotional Support Line is staffed by MCCP counselors Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anyone can call this number to ask for help: 402-815-TALK.
Successes of Program or Inspirational Stories: A call to 402-815-TALK saved a life. The woman on the other end of the line had lost her job a few days before. Her marriage had ended earlier in the year. She was estranged from her family and had turned to alcohol to cope. Now she was having suicidal thoughts.
“She was just very depressed and didn’t feel like she had any support in her life,” said the counselor with the Methodist Community Counseling Program.
The counselor kept the woman on the phone and gathered more information, then texted a colleague who called 911. Help soon arrived at the woman’s home, keeping a bad situation from getting worse.
“I just felt really grateful that I was able to help,” the counselor said.
Methodist Community Counseling Program
To schedule an appointment with a counselor: 402-354-6891
Methodist Emotional Support Line: 402-815-TALK