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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance and Mindfulness

This 12-week prevention program is focused on 8-form Tai Chi. Each class begins with 5-10 minutes of warm-up exercises, moving on to 40-45 minutes of Tai Chi instruction and practice, mindfulness, and stress reduction practices, and ends with 5 minutes of cool-down exercises.

What:

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, known as forms that are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints-making it suitable for any age. It doesn’t require special equipment and can be practiced indoors or outdoors, either alone or in a group.

Who:

Tai Chi can be beneficial for everyone!

Why:

Tai Chi has been shown to:

  • Improve balance
  • Increase leg strength
  • Reduce fear of falling
  • Improve mobility
  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve psychological health

PHS has trained instructors in Gage, Saline, Fillmore and Jefferson counties.

To find out more about a class in your community contact
Jill Kuzelka at 402-826-3880.

Mental Health

Support and services for mental health wellness

.WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Your WRAP can become a useful tool that you can use as a reminder and guide to maintain wellness during times of difficulty. It is a practical tool to support you through your recovery. WRAP is designed as a tool to learn about yourself, such as knowing what helps and what doesn’t, and how to gradually gain more control of your life and experiences. It can also include a crisis plan, which is a way of guiding others on how to best make decisions for you and take care of you for those times when your problems and symptoms have made it very difficult for you to do this for yourself.

For questions about starting a WRAP group, contact Jill Kuzelka at 402-826-3880.

 

LOSS Teams

WHAT IS A LOSS TEAM AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

  • LOSS – Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors – is an active postvention model. This active model of postvention involves three volunteers – called a LOSS Team – proactively going to visit families and provide immediate support to those left behind.
  • A LOSS Team is made up of trained suicide loss survivors and sometimes other concerned community members that offer support to those left behind.
  • The LOSS Team members are there in a volunteer capacity.
  • The LOSS Team model was originally created by Dr. Frank Campbell at the Baton Rouge Crisis and Trauma Center in 1999 after identifying it was taking loss survivors an average of more than 4 years before they reached out for support.
  • Having a LOSS Team available can help provide loss survivors with practical support, a connection to resources, and most importantly, an instillation of hope.
  • Having someone who has lost a loved one to suicide introduce themselves, who is dressed, functioning, and in a position to attend to a newly bereaved person, plants seeds of hope.
  • By simply saying, “I lost a loved one to suicide,” a volunteer gives permission for the newly bereaved to use the word suicide.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Kuzelka at jkuzelka@phsneb.org, 402-826-3800 or cell phone 402-520-0922.

Veteran Services

Readying Nebraska’s Communities to Serve Veterans and their Families.

Nebraska boasts 145,000 veterans with a military unit presence in 24 cities and towns across the state. Ninety-two of Nebraska’s 93 counties – most of them rural – have sent warriors in support of post-9/11 operations. 

While military veterans and their families are very much a part of every community, some rural veterans get lost in the shuffle, especially when transitioning to civilian life. 

VetSET Nebraska was created to assure veterans returning to rural Nebraska have the support and resources to successfully reintegrate into their families and communities.

Public Health Solutions is working with small businesses, veterans, elected officials, community leaders, non-profits and state government agencies, and faith-based organizations to raise awareness about our veterans and their families.

Public Health Solutions has a veteran advocate and is committed to provide services to support the health and well-being of our veterans and their family members.

To find out more or to find out when the next community event is taking place, contact Jill Kuzelka at jkuzelka@phsneb.org.

For more information, see our flyer here!

CPR/First Aid Classes

Certified Community CPR Training

Public Health Solutions’ staff and community volunteers throughout the five-county district offer training attendees simple instructions for:

Recognizing Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Calling 911

Performing life-saving hands-only CPR

Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Students practice chest compression and AED use on mannequins. The training takes approximately 30 minutes.

To request or schedule a hands-only CPR and AED training, contact Kate Lange, RN, BSN, at kate@phsneb.org or 402-826-3880.

Prevention Work

Community coalition groups exist in each of our five-counties to support prevention work within the district. The goal of these collaborative groups is to reduce high-risk youth behaviors and increase protective factors among citizens.

Staff at PHS are trained and available to facilitate specialized training for youth and adults in order to support this prevention work.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in a “Gatekeeper” course in as little as one hour.

Mental Health First Aide (youth and adult)

This skills-based training course teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. It teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, and recognize and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.

Both of these trainings are available to the public including use in schools, law enforcement agencies, churches, community groups, and more!

To find out more about how to schedule a training, contact Jill Kuzelka at 402-826-3880.

To learn more about the prevention coalitions in your area, visit:

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talkheart2heart.org