The Mind Inside, a docuseries, explores the landscape of mental health issues in Nebraska’s public schools.
Director of Student Services
Millard Public Schools
As the Director of Student Services for Millard Public Schools, Bill Jelkin oversees student health for the district, including learning supports, student code of conduct and behavior counselors and social workers. In the film, his perspective highlights the pervasive challenges mental health brings to a school district and the challenges it provides for connecting students with appropriate resources.
6th Grade English Teacher
Millard North Middle Schools
In the film, sixth-grade teacher Carey Starns demonstrates the impact of trauma-informed classroom practices. Through her activities and teaching style, she showcases a focus on mental wellness and it’s connection to influence academic success. Her role in the film helps demonstrate the changing role educators are required to play in the lives of students.
Deb Anderson Papis MSW, PhD
Senior Director of Early Intervention and Training
As the Senior Director of Early Intervention and Training at Project Harmony, Deb Anderson Papis, Ph.D. collaborates directly with schools to connect mental health and support services with students and families in need. Project Harmony is a non-profit organization that exists to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.
Millard North Middle School
Social worker Eric Depue acts as the guide for audiences to understand each student’s story; his intentional and honest interactions with the students weave in vivid, heartbreaking examples that help further explain how environmental influences like abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction take a toll on students’ lives.
Sally Nellson Barrett
Since 2011, Sally has interviewed more than 500 people and directed more than 40 films to raise awareness about the high-quality public education in Nebraska. Most recently she has turned her attention to creating longer-form I Love Public Schools films, documentaries focused on the ways societal issues impact public schools and what schools are doing to protect, understand, and empower students to be successful. Prior to this campaign, Sally ran a successful practice providing creative direction and story development for many of the largest banks and investment managers in the country. Sally is a proud graduate of Ashland-Greenwood High School.
This non-profit organization exists to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.
10 Adverse Childhood Experiences
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is a research study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Thrive and the CDC featured in The Mind Inside.
Project Harmony, featured in the first episode of The Mind Inside, represents a team of law enforcement, social services, medical and referral professionals who work together to protect children. Their program, Connections, works with school and medical professionals to identify children in need of preventative and early intervention mental health services and social services.
The Connections program then matches children with community therapists and provides ongoing follow-up to families, referral sources, and providers. This collaborative approach strives to protect children and families, taking the weight off of the school to help put the focus back on academics.
Boys Town Social Media Safety
From guides and emails, parenting tips and access to experts, the Boys Town Social Media Safety resources help address cyber safety for kids and provide actionable steps for families.
- Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
- Big Red Resilience & Well-being
- CASA for Douglas County
- CHI Health
- Douglas County Commissioners
- Douglas County Health Department
- Department of Health and Human Services
- D2 Center
- GOALS Center
- The Kim Foundation
- Lutheran Family Services
- Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
- Mental Health of Nebraska
- MENTOR Nebraska
- Mourning Hope Grief Center
- Nebraska Medicine
- Nebraska Mental Health Centers
- Nebraska Medicine Youth Violence Program
- Nebraska School Psychologists Association
- Region V Systems
- Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare
- School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP)
- United Way of the Midlands
- University of Nebraska Medical Center
- UNMC Trauma-Informed Care
- Voices for Children
- Women’s Fund of Omaha
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Your latest film helped me remember that learning can only be maximized when students feel safe and supported. We have to continue to “seek first to understand” and not dismiss the foundational importance of relationships and connectivity. On behalf of my colleagues, we are grateful for your organization having the courage and foresight to continue to tell the stories of our students, staff, and families.”
— Michael T. Hart, Director of Human Resources and School Accreditation Norfolk Public Schools
For 30 minutes at a time, I Love Public Schools takes us into a young person’s world, a place far more complex now than it was then.”
— Nebraska Public Schools Advantage
Your video [series] got us talking about mental health issues openly and honestly. If this conversation can continue, and we can eventually educate all students about mental health, what a great gift you have started.”
— Glen Wragge, Instructor School of Health and Kinesiology University of Nebraska at Omaha
This is well worth the time to watch. I think for people outside of the school system it would be extremely eye-opening. I Love Public Schools has created so many great videos but The Mind Inside series has been extremely impactful and shines a light on the mental health struggles of children and parents that so greatly impacts our education system and our communities.”
— Melissa Jantz, Preschool Principal at Norfolk Public Schools