Wellness in Tough Times

Sharing wellness information and resources at the 2019 Nebraska Community Foundation Annual Banquet in York, Nebraska. (l to r): Jason Weigle, Emily Freudenburg, Soni Cochran, Susan Harris, Brandy VanDeWalle

 “Neighbor-to-Neighbor” hosted a free social gathering event in four rural communities affected by the 2019 bomb cyclone. These communities were in the WTT pilot locations. The event included a free meal provided by local businesses. The featured speaker focused on “bringing humor into rural communities during stressful times.” The program, “Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This,” was funded in part by WTT.  In Bassett, Nebraska, students in grades seven through 12 learned how to write and rewrite their own powerful narratives as they developed mental well-being. A motivational speaker presented “Flip the Script,” inspiring students to continue those conversations supporting mental well-being.

 A media campaign was developed to bring attention to the following:

• One-year anniversary of the bomb cyclone Winter Storm Ulmer (The media campaign began in March 2019 and included radio spots, public service announcements [PSAs], videos, newspaper and newsletter articles, social media posts, and website resources.) • Mental Health Awareness Month in May (The campaign included radio spots, PSAs, videos, newspaper and newsletter articles, social media posts, and website resources.)

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