Mental Health Resources During COVID19

Community Resources for mental health during the COVID19 crisis. Many Services available remotely with tele health or other secure technology as guided by a professional at time of initial phone call.

Crisis Resources 

Local Mental Health Services

Local Mental Health Services 

    • Region 3 Behavior Health Services – 308-237-5113
      •  Family support services
      •  Resource information for community services
    • South Central Behavioral Health Center – 308-698-0536
      • Outpatient therapy services
      • Crisis mobilization team
      • Crisis therapist available
    • Safe Center – 308-237-2599
      • Trauma Safety Services
      • Outpatient therapy services
      • Free therapy/services for anyone who has experienced trauma
    • Collage Center – 308-234-9880
      • Pregnancy/ Abortion Services
      • Outpatient counseling services
      • Free services
  • Local Private Therapy Services 
      • All Local Private Therapy Resources offer telehealth unless otherwise specified.
    • A New Day Counseling (Tina Morris) – 308-236-9105
    • Center for Psychological Services – 308-234-6029 (takes all insurance types)
    • Insight Counseling (Amy or Tom) — 308-237-0391
    • Sonya Buskirk – 308-293-1385
    • Dr. Jerry Van Winkle (Psychologist) – 308-224-4664
    • Burke & Associates (therapists) – 308-234-5644
    • Cornerstone Psychological Services (Dr. Megan Gewecke) – 308-455-8605
    • Marv Crouch Counseling Services – 308-237-6865
    • Thriving Life Therapy Services (Lindsay Wright, counseling) – 308-244-4131
    • Counseling and Enrichment Center (Kearney Office, Terry Dunlop & Lindsey Ondrak) – 308-830-0612
    • Platte Valley Family Life and Associates
      • Carla Brooke,, 402-304-7348
    • Monty Shultz Counseling & Neurofeedback — 308-627-4743,
    • Lacy Dye – Center for psych: 308-234-6029
      • Can offer counseling services at no cost
    • Center for Psych
    • Arise Mental Health Counseling
      • Maggie Synder, MSed, PLMHP, PLADC, NCC
      • 308-244-4131
      • Offering financial assistance to clients during pandemic
      • She is provisional so only sees BCBS, Medicaid, and self-pay
    • Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
    • Jenna Davis
    • Sarah Larsen Astrones, LMPH/LPC
      • 308-850-3509
    • Shari Schnuelle Professional Counseling Services
    • Wholeness Healing Center
    • Kroll Counseling
      • Faithe Kroll: 308-995-6548
      • Uses a sliding scale for financial assistance
    • Elevate Counseling & Consulting, LLC
      • (Melissa Craig, Jeff Lange, Roz Shelton, Sandy Cook-Fong)
      • 308-251-2222:
      • They offer private pay options
    • Cornerstone Counseling
      • Mandy Meyer MA, LYMPH, LADC
      • 308-455-8605
    • Sunrise Therapy Services
      • Dawn Darling LICSW: 308-455-8605
    • Ryan Smith Counseling Services, LLC
      • Ryan Smith, MS, LIMHP, CPC, LADC-Counseling
      • 308-455-3435
      • Jill Loshonkohl, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN-NP
      • Offers pay arrangements
    • Counseling Toward Hope
      • Bryce Riessland
      • 308-440-5294
      • Offers a sliding scale pay
      • Nancy Carlson
      • 308-995-6691
      • Offers payment options and accepts insurance
    • Brandon & Olivia Frerichs
      • 308-627-0490
    • Bravehearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning
      • 308-440-0315
      • Scholarships available
    • University of Nebraska Lincoln
    • Nebraska Children’s Home Society
      • Jamie Reitz: 308-237-2304, 877-420-4747
      • No fee for pregnancy services
      • The Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption program offers free pregnancy counseling to anyone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, which includes education and support to help sort through your options.
    • Right Turn (Adoption and Guardianship Support)
      • 1-888-667-2399
      • Free Services to those who have adopted or have guardianship
      • Bilingual services through a language line 
    •  UNMC Counseling Services
      • The MMI Psychology Department at UNMC is offering free behavioral telehealth consultation. This service is available for families regardless of insurance coverage.
      • Consultation services are offered via Zoom (a free teleconferencing platform via smartphone, tablet, or computer) or by phone.
      • To schedule an appointment call 402-559-6408. State that you are interested in scheduling an appointment with the free telehealth consultation clinic.
      • This is a non-emergency service. If your family is experiencing an emergency please contact the Nebraska Family Helpline at 888-866-8660 or 911. 
      • Offering bilingual services 


Senior Life Solutions 

Senior Life Solutions can offer intensive outpatient counseling that can help with reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and worry. Contact: 308-832-3400 

Parents of Students  

For students attending schools in Buffalo County, contact your school counselors for services that are offered for the students. You can find contact information here: School Counselor Contacts

Substance Abuse Prevention and Support Resources

  • My Move has created resources for victims of domestic violence who are being isolated at home with their abusers. The impact has caused an increase of unhealthy environments, making it harder to reach out for help and find safe options without being monitored. That’s why we created a comprehensive guide that highlights the increased vulnerability for victims and how to support these populations during unprecedented times. You can check it out below:
  • You can use this self audit to monitor your alcohol use during Covid-19.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup – a directory of online audio/video meetings 7 days per week.
  • SMART Recovery – online community, participants help one another recover from addictive behaviors.
  • WEconnect and Unity Recovery – free online daily all recovery meetings.
  • Narcotics Anonymous – online meetings in various time zones using multiple platforms:
  • Herren Project – live online support groups and recovery meetings moderated by trained clinicians.
  • In The Rooms – free weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups – electronic meetings for anyone affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend.

Healthy Relationships

  • has created a comprehensive guide that highlights the increased vulnerability for victims and how to provide and find support during these unprecedented times. 

    You can check out the guide here:

    Our guide includes:

    • Four types of common abuses and recognizing the early warning signs 
    • Critical steps to take to protect yourself
    • Support Services for Housing, Immigration, and Financial Independence



Support Groups


    • Parents Support Group
      • FamiliesCare hosts different virtual support groups for parents of different aged children
    • Youth/Young Adults
      • FamiliesCare: (Ages 16 – 26 ) Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm
        • 463507
        • Contact Info: Rebekah 308-224-4153
      • FamiliesCare: Grade 6 thru A ge15 Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm
        • 885105
        • Contact Info: Karla 308-991-6099
      • FamiliesCare: Elementary children (Grades K – 5 ) Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
        • 781700
        • Contact Info: Jenn 308-440-0317
    • Home In a Hurry Support Group 
      •  A spiritual online space supporting parents who are adapting to having their college student back home again suddenly due to COVID-19. Two support groups Wednesdays beginning April 8th noon and Thursdays at 8:00pm beginning on April 9th via Zoom. Pastor Michelle Carlson of First Lutheran Church and Krista Fritson are facilitating. If you would like to participate, please contact Kandy Bacon in the First Lutheran Church to receive Zoom meeting information. or 308-237-5544.
    • Support In Healing:  Group for suicide loss survivor
      • Suicide Grief Support:  Group for family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.
      • If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone.  We want to provide a place of healing and hope after suicide loss and welcome you to join us. 
      • Meeting place:  please contact us for location details
      • Meeting times:  The group meets continuously, once a month throughout the year, the last Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Contact:  Tina Morris at 308-236-9015 or Krista Fritson at 308-865-8247
      • Group demographic:  Open to those 18 years and older, who has lost someone to suicide. This is not a therapy group.
      • Confidentiality: A successful group requires an atmosphere of trust, emotional safety, and the commitment to maintain confidentiality.  As facilitators we will request members maintain commitment to respect the privacy of others.
      • There is no cost to attend this support group.
    • Childcare Provider Support Group Chat 
      • Buffalo County childcare providers will now have an opportunity to interact with peers in a safe virtual forum to connect and support one another. If you are interested please fill out the form using the link below:
    • Behavioral Health Provider Chat during COVID-19 
      • Buffalo County Community Partners is partnering with the University of Nebraska Kearney, Central Nebraska LOSS team, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, and CHI Health Partners to provide a secure interactive forum for mental health providers to anonymously share during the COVID-19 crisis. This interactive forum will take place via a secure phone call where providers can anonymously share to gain support from peers. You can maintain privacy and anonymity if desired; only your cell phone will be visible to facilitators.  This is a secure forum for providers to share, listen and/or “just be” with others experiencing these difficult times.
      • These phone calls will be facilitated by:
        • Dr. Krista Fritson: Clinical Psychologist at University of Nebraska Kearney and Central Nebraska LOSS team member
        • Beth Reynolds: Region 3 Behavioral Health Services
        • Dr. Ken Schaffer: Kearney Medical Director CHI Health Partners.
      • A private Facebook (FB) group for providers has been established: “Behavioral Health Provider Chat during COVID19” 
      • To access information to join these calls:   Please contact Anna Ripp at or request access to the Behavioral Health Provider Chat during COVID19 Facebook page
      • Anna Ripp, a UNMC student, will manage this FB group and work with the facilitators to ensure that providers have access.  She will post the call-in information (zoom audio only) and necessary resources. Dates, times of Chats will also be kept up to date.

Self HelpTools

Premier Nursing Academy Guide: Premier Nursing Academy has created a guide for students who are affected by mental health called “Navigating Mental Health Issues in College: A Comprehensive Guide”.

UNK Self Help Website: UNK has created a self-help website that is open to the public check it out here:​

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.



Self Help Apps

These apps can be helpful along with therapy and other “live”/”virtual” counseling services and/or friends/family connections; they are NOT meant to replace any counseling/professional services or communications with friends/family!

  • Anxiety/Stress:
    • Breathe2Relax- stress management app which provides detailed information on effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.
    • Smiling Mind — Mindful Meditation app for all ages
    • MindShift- app using scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety
    • Sanvello—the # 1 app for stress anxiety and depression
  • Self-Help Anxiety Management
    • Panic Relief – FREE version with a 99 cent upgrade if wanted
    • PTSD/along with therapy:
    • CPT Coach – Use along with therapy as advised by therapist/counselor; NOT to replace counseling services
    • PE Coach
    • PTSD Coach
  • OCD:
    • Live OCD Free — Best if used with therapist guidance
  • Depression:
    • MoodTools
    • Sanvello
  • Anxiety/Stress/PTSD/Depression/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
    • T2 Mood Tracker
  • Meditation:
    • Headspace

Parent Support

Resources for talking to children about COVID-19

Mental Health Conditions

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums.
  • International OCD Foundation provides information on OCD and treatment referrals.
  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) maintains the Schizophrenia Anonymous programs, which are self-help groups and are now available as toll free teleconferences.
  • Sidran Institute helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals.
  • TARA (Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder) offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD.

Spiritual Resources

These tips from the, Parish Nurse network at CHI Health, may help you and your friends/family/congregants cope with the fear and anxiety that is
understandable during stressful times like this. Click the link here: Psychological-Spiritual First Aid

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