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May 23, 2014

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Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov
 
Pony Express Riders to Raise Awareness of Children’s Mental Health
 
May is Children’s Mental Health Month
 
Lincoln—Riders will roar their motorcycles across the state as a “Pony Express” to collect and deliver hundreds of letters to the State Capital about children’s mental health.  The letters have been written by youth, families and others to raise awareness.
 
“Children’s mental health is important to their success in life,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  “This ride shows support for increasing their mental well-being.”
 
The core group of motorcyclists are volunteers from the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Its members, the Eagle Riders, want to help promote awareness of children’s behavioral health needs during Children’s Mental Health Month.
 
The ride will span almost 900 miles over three days.  Motorcyclists from across the state are expected to join the Eagle Riders. They will begin their journey in Scottsbluff and Gering on Wednesday, May 28. From there, the riders will travel to Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island, York, Columbus, Norfolk, Blair and Omaha, collecting letters along the way.  The motorcycle run will end at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln on Saturday, May 31, at approximately 1:20 p.m. 
 
DHHS provides several resources to families.  Parents of children with mental health needs can contact the Nebraska Family Helpline at (888) 866-8660.  It’s available 24 hours a day, staffed by trained personnel who can talk to families and connect them with resources. Parents may be referred to Family Navigator Services.  Family Navigators are parents/caregivers who have personal experience with children and teens with mental health needs.
 
Another resource is the Network of Care website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/networkofcare.  This website provides information about services, medications, insurance, pending legislation and research about behavioral health.
 
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Here is the ride’s itinerary. 
 
Children’s Mental Health Week
Pony Express Ride Across Nebraska
7th Annual Wild Ride
May 29-31, 2014
 
Kickoff Parade May 28th: 7:00 pm MST. Starting at Western Nebraska Veterans Home, Scottsbluff, 1102 West 42nd Street, head south to Gering Civic Center via Broadway/10th Street
 
Arrive: Gering Civic Center Parking Lot.
Activities at Gering Civic Center.
 
Start Day One, May 29th
 
Leave: Gering, 3765 10th Street, at 7:30 am MST, head toward Sidney via Kimball
 
Arrive: Cabela’s/Sidney Visitors Center 9:00 MST.
 
Leave: Sidney Sapp Bros at 9:40 MST, head towards Ogallala, convenience store at 306 East 1st St., travel Hwy U S 385/30
 
Arrive: Ogallala at 11:10 am MST.
 
Leave: Ogallala at 11:25 am MST, head towards North Platte, 620 N Chestnut. Travel U S Hwy 26/30
 
Arrive: North Platte at 1:30 pm CST.
 
Leave: North Platte 2:25 pm CST, head towards Dawson County Courthouse, Lexington, 700 N Washington St., travel U S Hwy 30
 
Arrive: Dawson County Courthouse at 3:40 pm CST.
 
Leave: Dawson County Courthouse 4:05 pm. CST head towards Kearney.
 
Arrive: Buffalo County Extension Building 5:00 pm CST, 1400 East 34th St.
 
Leave: 5:45 head towards Kearney Eagles, 17 W. 24th Street
 
Arrive: Kearney Eagles 6:05 pm CST
 
Start Day Two, May 30th
 
Leave: Kearney, 17 W 24th Street, at 8:00 am CST, head toward Harley Davidson, 2719 South Locust, Grand Island.
 
Arrive: Harley Davidson.
 
Leave: 9:30 CST, head towards Boys Town Shelter, 3230 West Wildwood Drive
 
Arrive: Boys Town Shelter 9:40 CST.
 
Leave: Boys Town Shelter 10:00 am CST, head toward York, 610 Lincoln Ave.
 
Arrive: York at 11:05 am CST
 
Leave: Travel to Epworth Village in York 2119 Division Ave.
 
Arrive: Epworth Village 12:05 pm CST
 
Leave: Epworth Village at 12:40 pm, head towards Columbus Eagles, 3205 12th Street
 
Arrive: Columbus, 3205 12th Street, at 1:45 pm
 
Leave: Columbus at 2:50 pm CST, head to Central Park, 6th Ave and Pasewalk Ave, Norfolk
 
Arrive: Arrive Central Park at 4:05 CST
 
Leave:  Norfolk Central Park 4:45 pm CST, Head toward Blair
 
Arrive: Econo Lodge 1355 S HWY 30 Blair at 6:20 pm CST
 
Start Day Three, May 31st
 
Leave: 9:00 am, head towards Boys Town, West Dodge Rd., Omaha
 
Arrive: Boys Town at 9:40 am CST
 
Leave: Boys Town 10:10 am, head toward Indian Center, 1100 Military Ave., Lincoln
 
Arrive: 1:20 at State Capitol Building for delivery of the letters.
Celebration at Lincoln Events Center Pavilion afterward.