Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of North Platte is tackling mental health issues in an area of the state where resources are scarce, with the help of a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) wellness grant.
BCBSNE will present a $10,000 grant to Lutheran Family Services, at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 27, LFS offices, 120 East 12th Street, North Platte.
The grant will be used to support the Living a Life in Balance project. Community awareness will be raised for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The IOP is a six-week therapy focused on staying drug and alcohol free and learning new techniques for leading a sober lifestyle. A resource library for clients and community in recovery will also be created.
“This program will create awareness and connect the individuals in need of therapy and assistance to the proper programming,” Marjorie Maas, BCBSNE Community Engagement director said.
One in four adults will experience mental illness in any given year and 40 percent of Nebraska veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A behavioral health disorder can lead to troubles with employment, school, caring for children, and may lead to suicidal or homicidal behaviors.
LFS will partner with the Lincoln County Detention Center and North Platte’s alternative high school to also bring the IOP program to high-risk youth.
BCBSNE’s wellness grant program is part of our larger community engagement strategy, which is designed to support health and wellness initiatives across the state. This year, BCBSNE provided funds to six programs, ranging from healthy meals to families in need to creating worksite wellness programs.