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Mental Health Support: Resources for Patients

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS IN OMAHA

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
415 South 25th Street/Lasting Hope Annex
Omaha, NE 68131
402-345-8101

Safe Harbor Peer Services
Annex Building/Lasting Hope Annex
415 S. 25th Avenue
Omaha, NE 68131
402-884-9044 or 402-715-4226 ("warm line")

Salvation Army Emergency Community Support Program
Omaha, NE 68131
402-898-6017


CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY EVALUATIONS

Alegent Psychiatric Associates
Immanuel – Ike Friedman Building
7101 Newport Avenue, Suite 207
Omaha, NE 68152
402-572-2916

Lutheran Family Services
2401 Lake Street, Suite 110
Omaha, NE 68111
402-455-9757


NATIONAL AND REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINES

CHI Health Behavioral Crisis Line
402-717-HOPE (4673)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Toll-free: 1-800-826-3632

Mental Health America
Toll-free: 1-800-969-6642
TTY: 1-800-433-5959

Nebraska Family Hotline
Toll-free: 1-888-866-8660

National Suicide Hotline
Toll-free: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Nebraska: 402-345-8101
Toll-free: 1-800-950-6264

National Institute of Mental Health
Toll-free: 1-866-615–6464
TTY: 1-301-443-8431


Boys Town National Hotline

Toll-free: 1-800-448-3000

Or, text "voice" to 20121


Crisis Text Line

Text "HOME" to 741741

Cost - The service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you’re NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile


Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)


RESOURCES FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

National Alliance for Mental Illness – 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 and 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, as well as their families.


Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health – Network of Care is a National and state and local resource designed to bring recovery resources under one location and includes a resource directory, a library of over 30,000 pages, legislative information at the state and federal level.  The site includes a social networking system and recovery orientated tools for WRAP plans and personal health information.


American Psychiatric Association (APA) – Learn about common disorders, answers to common questions, and stories and links to more resources.


Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) – An international nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for anxiety disorders and depression. Great webinars and brochures available for free.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Resources for those who have been affected by suicide. The Foundation offers opportunities to help others in the field of suicide prevention.


National Substance Abuse Treatment Center Locator – Use this locator to find Substance Abuse treatment centers in Nebraska or any other state. 


211 Organization – 211 works a bit like 911.  Calls to 211 are routed by the local telephone company to a local or regional calling center.  The 211 center’s referral specialists question callers, access databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies, match the callers’ needs to available resources, and link or refer them directly to an agency or organization that can help.  


Nebraska Resource Referral System – A very extensive list of Nebraska social, economic and human services.


soberforever.net – Saint Jude Retreat House is a social/educational model of alcohol and drug addiction recovery & the Jude Thaddeus Program is a drug rehab centers alternative.


Alcoholics Anonymous – World service office of Alcoholics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Narcotics Anonymous is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. 


Al-Anon Family Group – Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters for those who have relatives, friends or significant others suffering from alcohol or drug abuse or addictions.


Recovery is everywhere – Recovery is everywhere ads have been run in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2001 in newspapers, printed & distributed postcards, and run ads in Ann Arbor movie theater.


SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) – SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.  SMART is an evidence-based model.


Withdrawal.org – While some people are able to stop using drugs or alcohol on their own accord, this is not always the case. Withdrawal is typically accompanied by a variety of symptoms, many of which can be life threatening if not dealt with in the appropriate manner. This site explains the medical aspects of withdrawal.


Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation– Drug and alcohol rehabilitation site featuring articles and information on substance abuse, addiction treatment, and other dependency issues.


NE Dept. of Veteran Affairs – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Services by County


CRC Health Group – offers a wide array of treatment options for addictions.


National Substance Abuse Index – A comprehensive, independent guide to addiction resources throughout the U.S.


DrugWatch.com – DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.


Nebraska Tobacco Quitline - Free confidential counseling from a trained Quit Coach. Receive self-help materials and referrals to community programs. Quitline is available to all Nebraskans 24/7. The website has information, support, encouragement and helpful links. If you are enrolled in the Quitline program, you can access WebCoach. Face-to-face support also available through a local cessation class.  


Tess - Tess is a psychological AI that administers highly personalized psychotherapy, psycho-education, and health-related reminders, on-demand, when and where the mental health professional isn’t. Interaction with Tess is solely through conversation, exclusively via existing communication channels, such as SMS, Facebook Messenger, Web Browsers, and several other platforms. 


MENTAL HEALTH APPS

My MedSchedule

Manage your meds and labs on the go, set reminders, and make it easier to communicate with your healthcare providers. 

This app allows you to keep track of all your medications, print schedules, keep a list of all your labs and vital signs, receive reminders by text or email, and refill reminders to help you reorder your prescriptions before they run out. Many many more features, with a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. 
Audience: Those on medications

Price: Free

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MoodTools
MoodTools is a self-help app targeting depression. It provides psychoeducation about risk factors and psychosocial approaches to treatment, a depression symptom questionnaire (PHQ-9), a thought diary, a suicide safety plan, and videos such as meditation guides.
Audience: Those with depression
Price: Free
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MindShift
Targeted to help adolescents, teens, and young adults gain insight into and basic skills to manage their symptoms of anxiety disorders, including GAD, social anxiety, specific phobias, and panic attacks. It’s also useful for managing worry, performance anxiety, test anxiety, and perfectionism. The skills taught may be applied to individuals with physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral manifestations of anxiety, providing users with more helpful, balanced ways of thinking about feared situations.
It does a terrific job of readily offering lists of active coping strategies tailored to the type of anxiety and a variety of methods to manage anxiety; the information and strategies are simple and clear. “Chill out” tools such as breathing exercises, mental imagery, and mindfulness strategies are provided in text and audio format. “Quick Tips” are included to assist with anxiety in the moment. Users can “favorite” the methods that work for them.  It is not helpful for people looking to track their symptoms and progress, those easily overwhelmed by many choices or those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Audience: Those looking to manage their anxiety disorders, perfectionistic qualities, and intense worry.
Price: Free
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Breathe2Relax
A simple, intuitive, and attractive mobile app designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to teach breathing techniques to manage stress. The skills taught may be applied to those with anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD.
This app can be personalized to a pace that the user finds relaxing; includes a video demo, reading materials, and charts to map personal progress. Helpful for self-starters or those working with a therapist to include breathing techniques in their overall treatment.
Audience: Those dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD
Price: Free
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Headspace
Targeted to anyone who wants to learn meditation to reduce anxiety and stress and improve their attention and awareness; good for a beginner to establish a regular meditative routine. The skills taught include mindfulness and cognitive diffusion, breathing exercises, meditation practice, tips for increased relaxation, concentration; may be applied to anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, and OCD, especially in conjunction with a health provider.
This app does a terrific job of describing basic concepts with a creative animated interface, presenting meditation in a user-friendly way with clear instructions; creating an online forum; supplying podcasts; normalizing mind-wandering; and illustrating main points with videos.
This app is not intended as a treatment substitute for those with serious anxiety and related disorders or depression.
Audience: Those wanting to learn meditation to help with anxiety and depression
Price: Free for first 10 sessions only
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PTSD Coach
One of two self-help apps from the National Center for PTSD, this app is targeted to help individuals suffering from PTSD, as well as those simply interested in learning more about this disorder. The skills taught may be applied to individuals with mild to moderate versions of PTSD and for whom self-guided assessment and treatment might be sufficient. It is not recommended for PTSD sufferers who require one-to-one treatment, high-frequency direct clinical interface, or for those who have difficulty make safe decisions.
It does a terrific job of education, assessing PTSD, and offering easy to understand tips to manage common PTSD symptoms, and finding additional treatment resources with providers via a search function.
Audience: Anyone dealing with PTSD
Price: Free
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QuitNow Mobile App

Great motivation and support wherever you go, and the ability to track the money saved since quitting and the days added back to your life. 

Audience: Smokers in Nebraska

Price: Free

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Virtual Hope Box

Received the 2014 DOD Innovation Award. Great for holding tools for suicidal thinking. Has a section with meditation, relaxation, breathing exercises. The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, and coping statements. 

Audience: People with urges to self-harm, or with chronic suicidal ideation

Price: Free

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Mindfulness Coach

Mindfulness has been shown to be effective for reducing stress, improving emotional balance, increasing self-awareness, helping with anxiety and depression, and coping more effectively with chronic pain.
Audience: For those looking for strategies to reduce stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. 

Price: Free

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Mood Coach

Learn and practice Behavioral Activation. This app is designed to help you boost your mood through participation in positive activities. You can make a plan with positive activities and track your progress.

Audience: Great for depression and PTSD.

Price: Free

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward provides on-the-go tools and teaches problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles and deal with stress. The app is designed for Veterans and service members but is useful for anyone with stressful problems. It is especially helpful in managing challenges such as returning to civilian life, balancing school and family life, financial difficulties, relationship problems, difficult career decisions, and coping with physical injuries. It may be used alone or in combination with the Moving Forward online course (www.startmovingforward.org). 

Audience: Veterans, or adults wanting to manage stressful situations.

Price: Free

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ACT Coach

Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - a type of CBT, this helps increase psychological flexibility. It doesn't tell you to "stop" thinking about negative thoughts, but rather focus on living by your values even in the face of unpleasant experiences. Features six mindfulness exercises to practice the ACT core concepts of acceptance and willingness, tools to help identify personal values and to take concrete actions to live by them, and logs for keeping track of useful coping strategies and willingness to practice ACT skills

Audience: Anyone wanting to learn to tolerate negative thoughts, learn mindfulness, and learn coping strategies.

Price: Free

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Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature

Relaxing sounds have a way of helping us tune out the stress of the day. And when you suffer from anxiety and panic, the need for such relaxation is even more pressing. The Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature app features 25 soothing nature sounds, plus another 35 sounds that you can use to craft your own relaxation soundtrack. Use it as an alarm or to help you drift off at the end of the day. You can also use it whenever you feel your stress and anxiety levels rising.

Audience: Everyone

Price: Free

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CBTi Coach

 With CBT-i, patients are taught to recognize how their thoughts and sleep-related behaviors affect their sleep patterns. Patients are provided with education about how sleep works. They are also guided on how to adjust both their sleep routines and their approach to sleep in order to enhance sleep quality and duration. It features an interactive sleep diary for convenient daily logging of sleep habits, automatic calculation of the sleep prescription, with options for the therapist to adjust based on clinical judgment and patient progress, an assessment of insomnia severity, comprehensive educational materials about sleep, healthy sleep habits, barriers to sleep, and CBT-i therapy, dynamic tools to improve sleep, including relaxation exercises, and customizable reminders to alert the user when to prepare for bed, when to go to sleep, when to get out of bed, to record sleep habits, and to take sleep assessments.

Audience: People with insomnia, works best in conjunction with a therapist who can do CBTi with you.

Price: Free

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Panic Attacks?

This app will help you when you have panic or anxiety attacks. You'll find various ways to find relaxation through voice-guided relaxation sessions and other relaxing sounds. You will also get specific audio tips to deal with a panic attack or an anxiety attack. Excellent reviews. 

Audience: People who have panic attacks.

Price: Free

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Panic Relief

This app is targeted to help individuals with panic disorder access easy-to-use, empirically supported coping tools to better manage and move through panic attacks. The free version includes access to progressive muscle relaxation of the arm skill, while the upgrade allows access to the rest of the skills, including square breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Audience: Those with panic disorder who want to learn relaxation techniques.

Price: Free with a $0.99 upgrade version available

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Pacifica

Targeted to help those with anxiety and mood disorders and stress, this app teaches deep breathing, behavioral exercises, excises and identifying cognitive distortions (negative thinking patterns), and learning how to replace them with positive thinking patterns. It’s also good for those experiencing bouts of anxiety between treatment sessions. The app does a terrific job of personalizing one’s cause of anxiety using voice recordings, and introducing CBT and reinforcing exercises between therapist appointments. This app is designed to be used in conjunction with therapy, not as a substitute for professional treatment.

Audience: Those with negative thinking patterns.

Price: Free

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Live OCD Free

Designed for CBT treatment of OCD with different sections for children and adults. It includes standard and user-designed exposures, ERP (exposure response prevention) exercises; a cognitive toolkit, and ERP reminder, and an ERP guide with custom and standard ERPs. Another strength is the support of both direct and loop tape exposure (via microphone). The ERP module is almost entirely behavioral, without using possibly useful cognitive tools. Duration of ERP exercises is determined by time but not by a decrease in anxiety levels.

Audience: Adult and youth with OCD.

Price: Free

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Anxiety Coach by Mayo Clinic
Anxiety Coach is a self-help app that addresses fears and worries using CBT strategies. Anxiety Coach is a self-help app that addresses fears and worries using CBT strategies. The app walks you through making a list of feared activities and helps you master them, leading to less fear and worry. The app includes tools for a severity self-test, making a plan, anxiety tracking, and viewing your progress. Check it out on YouTube to learn more about this app and whether it might be helpful for you.
Audience: Those with social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, specific fears, separation anxiety, panic attacks, trauma-related anxiety, and general worries.
Price: $4.99
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IntelliCare

IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity, and obsessive thinking. Individual apps can be downloaded that focus on inspiration, helping with sleep, boosting your exercise in short bursts, purposeful meditations, personal guided worry-management techniques, helping with negative automatic thoughts, and more. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Download individual apps or the whole IntelliCare suite from the Google Play Store.

Audience: Those with depression and/or anxiety.

Price: Free

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Step Away

This app helps those with alcohol use disorders become more aware of drinking patterns and triggers You can monitor your progress, learn ways of dealing with cravings and define high-risk times for drinking so that you can strategically prepare. Reward yourself when you meet your goals, and share your progress with others (family, friends, healthcare provider), if you like. 

Audience: People with alcohol use disorders.

Price: Free

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7 Minute Superhero Workout

Motion-tracking workout game that counts every rep and every calorie of 42 different exercises. Everything is counted toward your medals and achievements in order to go through epic missions. This is from the co-creators of Zombies, Run! & The Walk. 

Audience: Anyone, and especially for those that want to get motivated to exercise and those already exercising.

Price: $2.99

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SAM App

Helps users cope with common symptoms of anxiety. This was developed by psychologists and computer and engineering scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), and has been in the top 100 Health and Fitness Apps in 85 countries as well as earning the 2016 Best Anxiety App from Healthline. You can monitor your anxiety levels and visualize an anxiety profile over time and apply self-help techniques via multimedia mini-games. 

Audience: Those with anxiety

Price: Free

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