Second Lady Karen Pence, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Bacon’s wife, Angie, recently visited the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/Nebraska Medicine to hear about UNMC’s Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.
The center offers traumatic brain-injury treatment and aims to reduce the rates of suicide among veterans.
UNMC is in the process of conducting a three-year study to address suicide prevention among veterans in Nebraska.
“The goal of UNMC’s suicide prevention program and research is to create effective and critical mental health services for vulnerable veterans,” Pence said. “With 130,000 veterans living in Nebraska, the important research taking place at UNMC fosters a way forward for veterans as they adjust back to civilian life and heal from invisible wounds. It was inspiring to learn more about this work as well as the valuable programs offered at Boys Town to help support youth in crisis in the Omaha community.”
Pence spoke of her work with the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide. The program seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and to prevent suicides by implementing strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being, community integration, and research activities.
The trio also visited Boys Town in Omaha.