Thankful Hearts

Here at The Kim Foundation we are blessed with very thankful hearts this Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the incredibly strong individuals and families who reach out to us and share their stories of triumph and struggles; the numerous community partners that have made Don’t Be Sidelined and our other awareness efforts so successful…

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Hemingway Documentary Starts Conversation

Countless people who had been touched by mental illness or suicide came together to start a conversation last week. In partnership Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater and The Kim Foundation hosted a special screening of Mariel Hemingway’s documentary Running From Crazy. The candid documentary takes viewers into the private family life of the world famous Hemingway clan. A family ravished by mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, Mariel walks the audience through her personal journey to recovery and wellness.

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Behind the Laughter

As the world absorbs the devastating loss of funny-man Robin Williams, we are reminded once again of the seriousness of mental illness and the indiscriminate way it impacts society. It is reported that Williams suffered from severe depression and had attended rehab more than once for substance abuse problems. Nearly 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression and over 38,000 people end their lives by suicide each year.

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Omaha Refugee Collaborative

The Omaha Refugee Mental Health Collaborative met last week to discuss the progress of the recently introduced mental health screening process. Until late, refugees in Omaha were only receiving a basic health screening upon arrival to their new home. Concerns began to arise when professionals working with the individuals and families were seeing symptoms of depression, PTSD, and anxiety in their clients. But because there was no mental health screening process established, most of these individuals would not seek or receive treatment.

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Stigma of Mental Health in Sports Remains an Opponent

The stigma that is often associated with mental illness can make it hard for those suffering to reach out. Unfortunately, this stigma seems to be ever lurking in the world of sports as well. It is easy for players to find help for a sprained ankle or bruised up knee, but finding help for their mental health is not as easy. When looking at a physical injury, it is easier to identify the problem. The course of action is clearer. When looking at a condition with the brain, the action plan is not always as easily identifiable.

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