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. …

An absolute joy to see the center grow

Emily Farley News & Notes

Alice Ann Johnston and her young family were fairly new to Lawrence when a friend asked her if she would be interested in serving on the board at the Bert Nash Center. “We had moved here in 1983,” Johnston said. “I hadn’t even heard of Bert Nash before.” But she said yes to the invitation to join the board anyway. …

A personal story: Taking a stand for a cause he believes in

Emily Farley News & Notes

For Paul Williams, the ballot issue to finance the jail remodeling as well as numerous mental health initiatives, including a crisis center, has taken him out of his comfort zone. Admittedly, Williams has an aversion to conflict. He’s also not been one to engage in political debate. Until now. “I’ve never been a political kind of guy,” Williams said. “I …

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 …

Ballot Issue: This is about making our community better

Emily Farley News & Notes

During the interview process for this position, I visited with numerous people from the community. One of the things that stood out to me the most was how this community supported mental health services. Since becoming CEO of the Bert Nash Center nine months ago, I have been even more impressed with the community’s commitment to providing comprehensive behavioral health …

Chamber honors

Emily Farley News & Notes

Photo caption: Bert Nash CEO Patrick Schmitz congratulates Shirley Martin Smith, left, and Cindy Maude. They were recognized at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Jan. 26. Both Shirley and Cindy have served many years on the Bert Nash boards; Cindy currently serves on the Governing Board of Directors and Shirley oversaw the CEO search committee. Thank you both …

Expectation of joy: For those who are grieving, holidays may be anything but jolly

Emily Farley News & Notes

For Karen Glotzbach, the day started like any other. But within hours, everything changed. Forever. The unimaginable had happened. Glotzbach’s granddaughter, Autumn, was killed in an accidental shooting on Sept. 22. Autumn, the youngest child of Chance and Megan Smith, died six days before her second birthday at the home she shared in Lawrence with her parents and brother. “It …