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.


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.


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.

Nebraska Coalition for Peer Delivered Services

Wellbeing Initiative has been awarded a grant through SAMSHA to develop The Nebraska Coalition for Peer Delivered Services (NCPDS). The NCPDS connects individuals and organizations providing peer services across the state in an effort to build the capacity and sustainability of peer efforts in Nebraska. The NCPDS embraces the challenges of uniting largely rural communities to provide access to training, networking opportunities, and technical assistance to peer-led and provider groups seeking to integrate Peer Delivered Services into their recovery approach.

Our goal is to promote Consumers and Peer Specialist engagement with Providers, peer-led groups and organizations, as well as with state-level Consumer affairs. Peers and Providers across Nebraska will have increased access to the support and resources needed to establish quality peer programming, stimulating expansion of Peer Delivered Services in Nebraska.

In 2019 we will be reaching out to YOU for help! Your feedback will drive this project and we hope to see each and every one of you in one of our Townhall meetings, trainings, or participating in our surveys or questionnaires.

For additional information please contact Matt Walters at or Danielle Smith at

The Orchard

2615 O St.

Support Groups

Mental Wellness: 5pm Mondays

Seeking Safety: 6pm Mondays

NAMI: 2pm Tuesdays

Drop-In Hours: 3-6pm Tuesdays

Bipolar Support Group: 5pm Wednesdays

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.

Come check out one of our support groups or stop in just to chat during our open drop-in hours.

For more information on Orchard activities and Support groups contact Jen at

Administrative Team

Matt Walters

Executive Director

Danielle Smith

NCPDS Project Director

Retha Knapp

Training & Development Coordinator

Jen Anderson

Orchard Program Contact

Wellbeing Initiative, Inc.

3900 Old Cheney Road Suite 201-300

Lincoln, NE 68516