Group gives guys the opportunity to open up

Emily Farley Adult Services

Men aren’t necessarily known for expressing their feelings or being vulnerable. Which is why when Julian Brown, Bert Nash Adult Outpatient Program therapist, started a client group for men he wasn’t sure how open or talkative they would be. Turns out, they had plenty to talk about. “Initially, I was thinking there would be a lot of reservation coming from …

Event planners hope event sparks dialogue about affordable housing

Emily Farley Residental Housing Services

Solutions to community problems have to start somewhere. Agencies that are participating in an upcoming housing event hope that starts with a conversation. The event — Housing in Lawrence and Douglas County: A Public/Private Partnership — will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania. Mathew Faulk, housing program manager for the Bert Nash Center, said …

Building bridges

Emily Farley Residental Housing Services

Bridges, the Bert Nash Center transitional home, received a makeover, thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation. Bridges team leader Rachel Neill and lead residential case manager Eddie Velez recently gave a tour of the remodeled space. Neill said the revamped space, which included new flooring and furnishings, is intended to be functional, inspirational and therapeutic. Neill also …

Peer support specialist uses her own experiences to help others

Emily Farley Peer Support

In her role as a peer support specialist at the Bert Nash Center, when Annie Ross is working with a client who is struggling or going through a crisis, she can relate. Because she’s been there herself. Ross, who has bipolar disorder, has struggled with mental illness since she was a teen. “I went through years of ups and downs …

Julia Gaughan had a plan. A plan for how she would die.

Emily Farley Adult Services

It was December 2015. She planned to drive her car off the road on her way to work in Topeka in an apparent accident. She would wait until after the holidays so she could spend the time with her husband, Mike, and son, Kiernan, who was 7 at the time. But on Dec. 21, the day before her birthday, Julia, …

DBT was a turning point

Emily Farley Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

In the summer of 2016, Vincent Weston was struggling with psychotic symptoms and self-harm and knew he needed help, but didn’t know where to turn. He finally decided to talk to his parents. “They sent me to every doctor they could find, basically,” Vincent said. “Finally, someone I saw recommended the DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) program at Bert Nash, so …

Getting help is a way to live up to your full potential

Emily Farley Adult Services, WRAP

Rachel Monger met David Johnson, former Bert Nash CEO, several years ago at an advocacy fellowship program they both participated in through the Sunflower Foundation. She went up to him afterward and told him that Bert Nash was there for her when she needed it, and if there was anything she could do for the Center, to let her know. …

Running the race at your own pace

Emily Farley Adult Services

There is no actual running involved, but the Illness Management Recovery (IMR) group at Bert Nash is a lot like training for a long-distance race. “We use the example of running a marathon,” said co-leader Kendra Powers. “We would be able to run a marathon if we trained for it, but we couldn’t just get up today and go run …

New program will focus on urgent care

Emily Farley Adult Services

Since graduating with a psychology degree from the University of Kansas in 1995, Nicole Rials has had a strong interest in crisis-related programs. She also loves collaboration between community partners. Her new position — director of the Urgent Care Program at the Bert Nash Center — affords her the chance to be involved with both. “I’ve always been very interested …

New program: Making a difference in people’s lives

Emily Farley Adult Services

Naomi Cataudella and Paul Leffingwell have been in their roles as AID clinicians at the Douglas County Jail for less than two years. But in that short time the program has quickly gained national attention. AID stands for assess, identify and divert. The unique program is a collaboration between Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office …