Therapy group offers connections for millennials

Emily Farley Adult Services

Amy Volweider can relate to what it’s like to be a millennial. Because she is one. Volweider is a therapist in the Adult Outpatient Program at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. At 28, she is at the upper end of the millennial age range, which is considered to be 18 to 34. So she can appreciate the issues …

That’s a WRAP: Charlie Kuszmaul calls it a career

Emily Farley News & Notes, WRAP

Charlie Kuszmaul, who retired in November, spent 25 years on staff at the Bert Nash Center. For most of that time — 19 years, to be exact — he was the driving force behind a program that places a mental health therapist in Douglas County schools. Known as WRAP, which stands for Working to Recognize Alternative possibilities, the in-school therapy …

Bert Nash, Housing Authority collaborate on housing project for people with mental illness

Emily Farley News & Notes

Bert Nash Center and Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have a long history of working together. The newest partnership between the two organizations involves plans to develop an eight-unit apartment building adjacent to a proposed crisis center, across from the Bert Nash Center, 200 Maine St. “This is probably the strongest partnership between a community mental health center and a housing …

Bert Nash Center, Housing Authority receive HOME award

Emily Farley News & Notes

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received an award of $80,000 from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for continuation of the Community Support Services HOME tenant-based rental assistance program. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority will administer the funds. The Community Support Services HOME tenant-based rental assistance program is a collaboration between the Bert …

Opinion: Why I support the proposal for jail, crisis center

Emily Farley News & Notes

I began my career standing at the bars of the Des Moines City Jail interviewing people to see if they qualified for release on their own recognizance or release with treatment services. Since then, I have visited jails and prisons in multiple states. I know we have a major problem with mass incarceration in our country. If you have a …

SEED of change: Program supports clients as they enter workforce

Emily Farley News & Notes

Finding that right job can be a challenge. Especially for someone with a mental illness. That’s where the Bert Nash SEED (Supported Employment Education Development) program can help. “We help people with severe and persistent mental illness find employment,” said SEED team leader Sara Godinez. “The program is specifically geared toward that population. If they want to find a job …

Bert Nash clients benefit from therapeutic lifestyle changes

Emily Farley News & Notes

Everyone could use some TLC. For people who struggle with depression, that is especially true. In this case, TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, rather than tender loving care. Preliminary research suggests that Therapeutic Lifestyle Change is an effective treatment for depression. Bert Nash offers a TLC group that meets every Tuesday. It’s an open group, so a client can join at …

“My hope is that more people take this class. It could be life-saving.”

Jeff Burkhead Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is life-changing and can be life-saving. I took the course at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center five years ago when I was a health reporter for a television station and newspaper. I wanted to be better educated about mental health because I interviewed people who suffered mental disorders, attempted suicide, and had lost loved ones …

Mental illness educational class offered for family members

Jeff Burkhead News & Notes

If you have a family member or friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would like to have a better understanding of their illness so you can better relate and help them, here is an opportunity to get that education. “Family to Family” is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help people understand and support a …