According to mentalhealth.gov, many people often don’t get the mental health assistance they need because they don’t know where to start.
Simply by listening to local police and fire department scanners, an organization like Mean Streets Omaha has been highlighting the serious nature of multiple calls per day involving mental health issues in the Omaha-area for years.
When mental health issues become potentially life threatening, whether posing a risk to themselves or others, you should not hesitate to reach out using the resources listed below or immediately call 911.
Recognizing the Signs of Suicide
If you or someone you know is exhibiting one or more of these signs, please reach out using the resources listed below or call 911 immediately. Please note, this list is not all-inclusive.
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated; behaving recklessly
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
Recognizing the Signs of Mental Health Disorders
If you or someone you know is exhibiting one or more of these signs, and are becoming a danger to others or yourself, please reach out using the resources listed below or call 911 immediately. Please note, this list is not all-inclusive.
- Hallucinations, hearing or seeing things that are not real, such as voices or noises
- Delusions, believing things that are not true
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
- Illogical or irrational thinking
Boys Town National Hotline
Phone: 1-800-448-1833 (Spanish-speaking, translation services, and TDD line)
The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors.
Safe Harbor is a peer-operated hotline that is warm. People that also have mental health experiences and struggles answer the line. This peer-operated hotline is trained to help in moments of crisis and is available 24/7.
UNO Counseling Center
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 2 P.M. to 7 P.M.
The UNO Counseling Center is staffed by students in the UNO Graduate Department of Counseling and supervised by licensed department faculty. They offer individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Creighton University Student Counseling Services
Hours posted on website
The Creighton University Student Counseling Services provides assessment and psychological evaluation for academic success difficulties and mental health issues. They are accredited through the International Association of Counseling Services.
Treatment Referral Helpline
If you need general information on mental health or need to locate treatment services in the Omaha Metro area, you can speak to a live person Monday through Friday from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. CST.
National Suicide Prevention Line
Live Chat Link: LIVE CHAT
Trained crisis workers are available to talk to you or someone you know 24 hours a day/7 days a week. These calls remain confidential and are toll-free. The calls are transferred to the nearest crisis center across the nation and these centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals if needed.
Veterans Crisis Line
Live Chat: LIVE CHAT
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. This support is available 24/7, 365 days a year.