Healthy Minds Gathering

The HealthyMINDS Collaborative mental health work group is hosting a live event on May 16 at 10-11:30 a.m. via the Buffalo County Community Partners Facebook page.

During the Facebook live event, mental health providers will discuss healthy relationships during COVID19. During the Facebook live event, mental health providers will discuss the challenges that COVID19 has brought to our family and internal lives.  The event will address grief, family dynamics, conflict resolution, domestic violence, maintaining friendships, substance use, and connectivity.  Common coping strategies and actionable techniques to promote resiliency will also be shared. Community members are invited to submit questions prior to the event, using the form below. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions in comments during the Facebook live event.

Panelists addressing questions and community resources include:

  • Dr. Krista Fritson, UNK Psychology Department, Central NE LOSS team member
  • Jason Sharp, youth advocate
  • Beth Reynolds, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services
  • Dr. Christine L. Chasek, UNK Associate Professor Counseling Department, Insight Counseling and Recovery Therapist
  • Pastor Michelle Carlson, First Lutheran Church
  • Dr Ken Schaffer, Medical Director of the Kearney Chapter of CHI Health Partners
  • Janelle Brock, MSW, LICSW, Suicide Prevention Program, Veteran Affairs- Nebraska Western Iowa Healthcare System
  • Jamie Legates, FamiliesCare
  • Neil Miller, Sheriff, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nikki Gausman, Executive Director, The S.A.F.E. Center
  • Prairie Miles, AseraCare
  • Hayley Jelinek, South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Network, BSW Elder Care Coordinator/ADRC Supervisor
  • Kate Welty, Buffalo County Sheriffs Office
  • Jesica Vickers, Center for Psychological Services
  • Mike Young, Captain, Kearney Police Department


Additional HealthyMINDS members assisting in development:

  • Renae Zimmer, Central Nebraska Loss Team
  • Kiphany Hof, LIMHP, Associate Director UNK Counseling Department
  • Jason Owens, Kearney Public Schools, Counselor, McKenna’s Rae of Hope
  • Kathy Gifford, Kearney Public School Board
  • Carol Renner, community advocate
  • Becky Squiers, HelpCare Clinic

Bryan Waugh, Chief of Police, Kearney Police Department

COVID Virtual Community Gathering 2020
All questions will be anonymous.

Optional Contact Information

By completing the form below, you will receive additional electronic communication from Buffalo County Community Partners.

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