Lincoln and Omaha to host premiere of new film on mental health in public schools

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OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska Loves Public Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public education through documentary film, will host two premiere screenings of The Mind Inside, in Omaha and Lincoln, Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, respectively.

Produced by the award-winning creators of the I Love Public Schools project, The Mind Inside explores one of the most pressing and complicated issues in public education today, mental health. In the first episode of the multi-part series, audiences learn what’s facing students and schools today and how to show empathy, support, and understanding for the students in the community.

“Whether [students] have experienced trauma in their life, whether they're experiencing peer frustrations, anxiety, depression, all of those things, as an educational institution, our number-one goal is to educate [students],” Bill Jelkin, director of student services for Millard Public Schools shares in the piece. “But, we have to have them ready to learn, and in some cases, all of those other issues are standing in the way of the education.”

The 30-minute film illustrates the heightened importance of mental health on public education – how it impacts schools, the greater community, and the students and families involved. Featured film series participants include:

Crete Public Schools

Elkhorn Public Schools

Exeter-Milligan Public Schools

Millard Public Schools*

Ralston

Seward

Wilber-Clatonia

ESU 6

ESU 13

Project Harmony*

Senator Kate Bolz

Daniel Siegel, MD

*Denotes featured in the first episode

Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Director and Executive Producer Sally Nellson Barrett, featured cast members, and school leaders. A Take Action reception, where participants can learn ways to connect with mental health resources locally, will follow.

General tickets are available to the public. Ticket proceeds will be donated to local nonprofits supporting students through mental health services:

Omaha, NE | RSVP: mindinsideomaha.eventbrite.com
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 | Film Streams Dundee

Lincoln, NE | RSVP: mindinsidelincoln.eventbrite.com
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 | Marcus Edgewood Cinema

The first episode will be available to view online January 18: iloveps.org