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As a leading voice in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, The Kim Foundation® takes an active role in the community and across the state of Nebraska in educating the public, increasing awareness, supporting programming, and serving as a resource. When we’re in the news, we’ll share it here.

For Suicide Prevention Week, Omaha community ‘Chalks It Up For More Tomorrows’
September 9, 2021
Across the City of Omaha, messages of hope and inspiration are scattered on sidewalks and outside of businesses to bring awareness to National Suicide Prevention Week. The initiative, called “Chalk It Up For More Tomorrows Nebraska,” was started by The Kim Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for mental health resources and awareness.

The Kim Foundation Holds Suicide Prevention Week Art Contest
September 9, 2021
It’s suicide prevention week, and the Kim Foundation is working to spread awareness by asking the community to grab some chalk and create encouraging artwork on sidewalks across Omaha.

National Suicide Prevention Week: One person dies by suicide every 36 hours in Nebraska
September 7, 2021
September 5 through September 11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average, one person dies by suicide every 36 hours in Nebraska. Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental health condition.

Annual Nebraska School Mental Health Conference starts Wednesday – WOWT Omaha
June 1, 2021
Starting tomorrow is the annual Nebraska School Mental Health Conference to examine best practices to improve the social and emotional climate of our young people, especially after a pandemic. The two-day conference will be all virtual, exploring topics like ‘Who’s taking care of the teachers’ and teaching hope to build resilient students.

Nebraska School Mental Health Conference Takes Place Next MonthKMTV 3 Omaha
May 20, 2021
The upcoming conference is put on by The Kim Foundation, a local nonprofit that aims to enrich lives through mental health awareness and suicide prevention. People from all kinds of backgrounds attend the event each year — from legislators to educators, healthcare providers to youth themselves.

Mental Health Experts Say to Physically Distance, Not Social DistanceKMTV 3 Omaha
December 10, 2020
The Kim Foundation held a virtual panel to discuss mental health and suicide prevention during COVID 19. The pandemic has caused many people to struggle with their mental health and the need for resources is at a high.

Editorial: Increase in Youth Suicides Requires Community Response Omaha World Herald
October 29, 2020
The executive directors of two nonprofits — Julia Hebenstreit, with The Kim Foundation, and Gene Klein, with Project Harmony emphasis the importance of community response to the number of youth suicides the Omaha community has seen in 2020.

Community Plays Large Role in Suicide Prevention for Youths – KMTV 3 Omaha
August 21, 2020
Mental health experts from around the state, including The Kim Foundation, gathered for a virtual discussion, to offer support and knowledge to the community.

Doctor ‘should’ve called 911 and had me committed’: Mental Health and Seniors – KMTV 3 Omaha
January 9, 2020
Mental health awareness among older adults and their care givers needs improvement, experts, including The Kim Foundation, say and discuss in this article.

WATCH: Teen Suicide: Julia Hebenstreit, The Kim Foundation and Mindy Eggert, Suicide Prevention Volunteer – Speaking of Nebraska 
May 30, 2019
What is being done to prevent teen suicide across Nebraska? NET News Director Dennis Kellogg sits down with a statewide expert and a suicide survivor.

A Year after a Mentally Ill Man Died in Omaha Police Custody, Department Beefs up Training – Omaha World-Herald
June 6, 2018
The Kim Foundation provides funds to assist the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

Volunteer Group Helps Families Heal after Suicide – KETV 7 Omaha
February 25, 2018
The Metro Area LOSS Team helps families in the aftermath of a suicide. 

Free Conference Tackles Suicide Prevention – WOWT 6 News
March 24, 2017
The Kim Foundation hosted a free conference where members of the public met with mental health experts who covered topics including postvention. 

LOSS Teams to Hold Free Suicide Prevention Training for Community – WOWT 6 News
March 14, 2017
The Metro Area LOSS Team, in partnership with LOSS teams throughout Nebraska and the Department of Health and Human Services, will be hosting a conference, “Uniting to Support Survivors of Suicide Loss”.