Help us provide critical support to those most in need during this pandemic!
In addition to the toll on physical health that COVID-19 has taken on our communities, we are also experiencing a tragic uptick in domestic violence, drug abuse, and mental health issues, stemming from our increased isolation and stress. Your support allows us to continue to provide critical assistance to those most in need through Telehealth counseling, treatment, and ongoing care.
Lutheran Family Services’ behavioral health programs a variety of behavioral health services to adults, children, and families in our offices across Nebraska. These services include mental health and substance use counseling, community support services, medication management, and peer support services for military members, veterans, and their loved ones.
As we think about the unique behavioral health needs that have developed as a result of the Covid-19 Virus, LFS is seeking to expand the reach of our services to these people in the rural areas of the state. LFS is seeking funding to support our developing tele-health program to connect people in more rural areas of our state to behavioral health professionals.
Eighty-eight of Nebraska’s ninety-three counties are designated as behavioral health provider shortage areas and in a time where many of us are restricted to our homes, access to behavioral health support is more important than ever. Our neighbors are anxious about their jobs. Our friends are worried about their children’s education. Many of us are worried about the larger impact of the Covid-19 Virus. The availability of these supports will help these individuals and many others weather this storm.
"Lyla" - a Behavioral Health Success Story
Lyla was admitted to UC Program with a history of depression, anxiety, mood instability, paranoia, insomnia, loss of job, isolating self and gambling dependency. Lyla reported that since she lost her job, she has been increasingly depressed, anxious, isolative, irritable, “mean” and didn't like to be around anybody and couldn't handle dealing with her 3 teenage sons. Lyla also indicated that she has a gambling problem and “lots of urges.” Lyla reported that she filed recently for bankruptcy and has been making payments.
After addressing the above issues on her treatment plan, Lyla completed her treatment with the following accomplishments: is currently attending College in order to obtain a degree in business, no urges to attend gambling activities anymore, severed relationships with gambling friends, uses conflict resolution skills in regards to her anger, worked on behavioral contracts and implemented those with her teenage children and describes this as “the best thing” she could have ever done for herself and her children; is less anxious and depressed, is prioritizing things in her life, is motivated to finish College and start a new chapter in her life. Lyla is also working part time jobs on the College Campus. Lyla is currently happy and focused on her career and children.