PEER ORGANIZED  •  PEER DRIVEN  •  PEER RUN

 

Who We Are

Wellbeing Initiative is a non-profit organization developed, driven, and run by peers. By offering a variety of on-site trainings, peer-support opportunities, and community involvement, Wellbeing Initiative aims to encourage our community of peers to reach beyond themselves to find purpose and potential in the challenges we face.

We have recognized a need in our community and strive to meet that need through peer support. Peer Support is an approach to recovery in which people with lived experience of mental health challenges learn and grow together in a recovery focused environment.

Peer Support Specialists are people with lived experience of mental health challenges who have received intensive training and have completed the certification process to be a certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Nebraska. As a Peer Support Specialist they are able to promote wellness and recovery through mutual relationship.

Through this social connection, people with mental health challenges are encouraged to develop skills in a non-clinical environment that fosters the growth of natural support networks. This, in turn, allows us to interact more fully with the community, navigate education, employment, and health resources more effectively, and exercise self-advocacy.

Mission

The Mission of Wellbeing Initiative is to empower individuals living with mental health challenges to reach their fullest potential. We strive to do this by supporting our member’s right to be the expert in their own recovery.

Vision

The Vision of Wellbeing Initiative is to provide our members with access to comprehensive programs, education, and opportunities for growth that will produce a well-established community of peers capable of affecting positive change and growth in mental health services across the state.

Values Philosophy

The Values Philosophy of Wellbeing Initiative is based in the belief that a well-informed, adequately supported, and purpose-driven community of peers will result in a higher quality of life, greater independence, and more effective use of professional services. Wellbeing Initiative is striving to provide alternatives to higher levels of care, fight stigma, address institutionalized thinking and language, and promote self-advocacy.

“I could walk a mile in your shoes. But I already know they’re just as uncomfortable as mine. Let’s walk next to each other instead.”

– Lynda Meyers

What We Do

It is the goal of Wellbeing Initiative to positively affect mental health services in Lincoln, and across the state, by developing and implementing programs designed to build a well-informed community of peers committed to recovery.

The Orchard

10 AM – 8 PM

Monday – Saturday

The Orchard strives to connect anyone facing life with mental health challenges to a community that empowers recovery. It is an incredibly exceptional opportunity to create genuine connections with others who have shared experiences with mental health, addiction, and trauma.


Certified Peer Support Specialists


Community of over 1000 members


Support Groups, Events & Activities


Trauma Informed, Individual Driven

Wellbeing Connections Warm Line

10 AM – 11 PM Seven days/week

The Wellbeing Connections warm line will be a toll free number people who are experiencing emotional distress may call in an effort to avert reaching the point of crisis. We are committed to providing a reassuring voice to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, wants a safe space to process thoughts and emotions, or simply needs to be reminded they are not alone. The Wellbeing Connections warm line will be staffed by trained individuals who have lived experience with mental health challenges, who are in recovery, and who are willing to walk side-by-side with others who are struggling.


State-wide Access


Staffed by State Certified Peer Support & Wellness Specialists


Compassionate, personalized support even if you can’t leave home

1-844-834-1353

Peer Education

Wellbeing Initiative believes that one of the greatest tools any individual can be equipped with is information. A community of educated, driven peers has the potential, not only to experience life to its fullest on an individual basis, but to contribute to the greater conversation surrounding mental health on local, state, and national platforms. This begins with access to quality trainings, workshops, and conferences.


WRAP

Wellness Recovery Action Plan


Peer Support & Wellness Specialist Training


A variety of guest speaker, workshops, and presentations

Administrative Team

Skylar Linn

Executive Director

slinn@winitiative.org

402.499.1322

Karen Soucie

Training & Development Coordinator

ksoucie@winitiative.org

402.438.2970

Alex Vera

Program Assistant

avera@winitiative.org

531.333.6044

Bryan Larwood

Orchard Site Manager

blarwood@winitiative.org

402.477.0152

Wellbeing Initiative, Inc.

1311 M Street Suite G

Lincoln, NE 68508

402.438.2970

The Wellbeing Initiative

The Wellbeing Initiative

1311 M Street Suite G

Lincoln, NE 68508, USA

Wellbeing Initiative and its programs are supported by grants from: