NAMI Nebraska Family to Family

Omaha Gives for NAMI Nebraska
Why should you donate to NAMI Nebraska?
  • We serve thousands of people throughout all of Nebraska.
  • We run support groups and educational classes.
  • We advocate for better mental health policies at the state level.
  • We give educational talks to crush the stigma.
  • We connect anyone who needs it to mental health care resources in their area.

Speaker’s Bureau

NAMI Nebraska knows just how important it is to share stories of mental illness. Not only does it help the community, but it helps the person in recovery. As a mental health non-profit agency, our purpose is to empower individuals through advocacy, support, and education. Our goal is to prepare individuals in how to share their story with various types of audiences who are interested in hearing messages of hope, resilience, and strength through all types of mental illness experiences. To apply for the Speaker’s Bureau, click here .

If you are interested in one of our speakers, below is a list of speakers who are able to talk about various mental illness experiences to different types of audiences. If you are interested in booking a speaker, please contact NAMI Nebraska at 402-345-8101 or [email protected]

TOMTom Adams
Tom has been in social work for 42 years and has worked with mental illness in individuals across all ages. He has been the Executive Director of NAMI Nebraska for 4 years, which focuses on education, support, and advocacy and bringing hope and support to individuals and their family members who are challenged by mental illness in their lives.

Topic availability: Overview of mental illness, mental health and the faith community, healthy living

SUZIE 2Suzie Noonan
Suzie was the Connection Coordinator for NAMI Nebraska and has been with NAMI for four years.  She was a Connection facilitator and a State Trainer for Connection facilitators. Suzie has lived experience with mental illness and substance abuse, and is a Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist. One of her biggest concerns is the self-stigmatization people impose on themselves. She always encourages others to recognize themselves as individuals, not their diagnoses.
Topic Availability: Experience with dual diagnosis and recovery, the importance of peer support
RodRod Atwood
Rod Atwood has worked on a psychiatric unit for CHI Health for the past eight years and facilitates NAMI Connection Meetings on the CHI Immanuel Campus. He shares personal struggles and triumphs from his own life.
Topic Availability:  Advocacy, Reaching Goals,                                          Maintaining Good Mental Health

1930533_10208642559124296_9215326494609432732_nLauren Telander

Lauren is currently working at NAMI Nebraska as the Community Outreach Associate. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology May 2016. She has worked at Tubman Domestic Violence shelter as a Community Advocate and volunteered at both Mental Health MN and NAMI MN, while living in Minnesota. She has lived experience with mental illnesses as well as experience having close family who also live with various mental illnesses.

Topic Availability: Personal experience living with mental illnesses, Family members living with mental illnesses, Coping Strategies, Recovery

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