Join the Conversation

Be a part of Time to Talk Week, May 10-16, 2021, as people from Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, and across the metro area commit to having conversations about mental health in their every day lives – at their school, workplace, neighborhood park, or around the dinner table. Share your story and encourage others to engage in conversations about our mental health.

More than 85 organizations and 50 individuals, in collaboration with The Wellbeing Partners and the WhatMakesUs campaign, are pledging to talk about mental health during Time to Talk Week. This kind of storytelling, open conversation, and encouragement can help us see each other with more understanding and promote mental wellbeing.

Take Action

    • -Pledge to have these conversations during the week of May 10 to 16, and beyond, using the toolkit below
    • – Submit a story to our regional campaign, WhatMakesUs, about why mental health is important to you. WhatMakesUs aims to reduce stigma by gathering and sharing testimonials of people living with mental health conditions as well as their allies. See others’ stories here.
    • – Join these Time to Talk Week events:

Virtual Yoga & Meditation

May 11th from 12:00-1:00pm

Email Meka Tate at for more details.

Mental Health Walk

May 15th at 10:00am

Meet us at the corner of 24th and Ohio Street for a mindful walk in collaboration with North Omaha Trails.

Wellness Roundup

May 16th

Make your mental wellbeing a priority by enjoying some time outdoors at one of the many local attractions listed below:

Local Parks & Other Sites
  • Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha Botanical Center
  • Glenn Cunningham Lake
  • Elmwood Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Hanscom Park
  • Bayliss Park (Council Bluffs)
  • Mahoney State Park (Cass County)
  • Wildlife State Park (Cass County)
  • Platte River State Park (Cass County)
  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center (Bellevue)
Walking/Biking Trails
  • Big Papio Trail
  • Riverfront Trail
  • Field Club Biking/Walking Trail
  • South Omaha Trail
  • Keystone Biking/Walking Trail
  • Neale Woods Nature Center
  • Standing Bear Lake & Recreation Area Trail
  • Zorinsky Lake & Recreation Area Trail
  • Wabash Trace Trail (Council Bluffs)

What to Talk About

Get the conversation going! Whether you need to introduce your friends and colleagues to Time to Talk Week or want to follow the suggested content calendar for all the themes of the week, the resources below will help. Lost for words? Try some of the suggested captions to accompany the downloadable graphics.

Click any image or video to download, or use the link below to download them all at once in a zip file.

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Share your pledge with your friends by sharing these graphics and encouraging them to do the same.

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Did you know that half of the people across Omaha and Council Bluffs have experienced a mental health condition, yet over 40 percent report they would hide this from friends and family?

The time to talk about mental health in our community is NOW.

Join us for #TimeToTalkWeek to learn how to start conversations around mental health – and why it’s so important.

Eighty percent of workers with a mental health condition say that stigma prevents them from seeking treatment.

That means four out of five workers are afraid to get help because they fear judgment, gossip, or that they might lose out on opportunities.

Healthy workplaces support mental health, so make sure your workplace works for everyone.


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If your partner had a physical health condition, like a broken bone or a sore throat, would you treat them any differently?

Probably not.

Mental health conditions are also medical conditions. They’re real, they’re treatable, and they don’t define anyone.

Having a mental health condition isn’t easy, but a supportive partner can show a person that they aren’t in it alone.


When we talk about ending the stigma around mental health, it may seem like we’re speaking in the abstract. But here’s one concrete thing you can commit to today and every day: Stop using stigmatizing language.

Words like “crazy” may seem like no big deal, but they’re hurtful to the real people who have real mental health conditions. No one walks around calling the weather “diabetic” – and we shouldn’t use mental health conditions as adjectives, either.


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One in five people had a mental health condition before the pandemic.

Depression and anxiety are rampant. Eating disorders are on the rise. Substance use disorder is increasing.

It’s okay to not be okay, and it’s more than okay to tell someone how you’re feeling.


Self-care can be bubble baths and spa days, but it can also include gratitude, going for a long walk, or taking time away from the screen.

We give those around us a lot of love and attention, and it’s time we treated ourselves the same way.


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Everyone can be part of the solution to a big problem: mental health stigma. #TimeToTalkWeek is coming to an end, but the conversation doesn’t have to end here. Talking about mental health at the dinner table, at the water cooler, and on the soccer field can all reduce the stigma around mental health.

When we stop the stigma, more people will know it’s okay to get help.

And when more people get help, our community thrives.