“I was really struggling.”
“I was depressed.”
“I was having panic attacks in the middle of class.”
This is what we heard from some of the students who got the help they needed from Methodist Hospital’s Community Counseling Program.
They’re not alone in feeling this way. Kids are feeling more pressure and stress, and with that, can come depression. We don’t talk about this enough, but suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-24.
About 1 in 5 high school students report thoughts of suicide, and about 1 in 10 have made an attempt to take their lives.
Through the Community Counseling Program in Omaha, Methodist Health is working hard to help address the needs of kids across the city. Counseling services are offered to kids in each middle school, high school, and alternative program in Omaha Public Schools, and at various locations around Omaha, meeting people where they are.
In 2022, the Community Counseling Program held 8,600 therapy sessions, a 16% increase from 2021.
Mud Mile was honored to help tell the story of their good work through a pro-bono project where we highlighted patients, counselors and program directors, helping donors and community leaders understand the life saving impact of the Community Counseling Program. We created a dozen long and short-form videos, leveraging our Modular Content Strategy.
The folks at Methodist call the program Omaha’s hidden gem. It’s been around for more than 25 years, and most have never heard of it. But they were recently recognized during the Mayor’s State of the City speech.
The need is real. And the work Methodist counselors do is life saving and life changing. Without the program, one student told us, “I may not have been able to graduate high school.” But, “I went to UNL with a full ride.”
“I don’t break down at school anymore.”
If you or someone you love is in danger, call 911 or the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
The Methodist Community Counseling Program operates thanks to donor support. For more information, please visit methodisthospitalfoundation.org or call (402) 354-4825.