Cognitive Distortions: What are they?

by Julie

In September 2014 we had Carlton Craig, PhD, LCSW, DCSW  from the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work present to us on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  (See post on Principles of CBT here). He presented these frequently seen “cognitive distortions”, or ways people think automatically. CBT encourages the identification and acknowledgement of these thought patterns. Common […]

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Principles of CBT

by Julie

“What the heck is CBT?” “Not another acronym. Alphabet soup, that’s this system…” These are common thoughts expressed when a loved one is assigned to CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by their physician or psychiatrist. In September 2014, Carlton Craig, PHD LCSW DCSW from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work presented on CBT- […]

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Facing Another Mother’s Day

by Julie

Mother’s Day isn’t always a happy holiday. Sometimes moms don’t meet the ideal, weren’t able to nurture, aren’t speaking with you/you aren’t speaking to them, or your mom may have passed away.  The day can become downright painful for someone in those or similar situations.  It’s at times like this that self-care becomes incredibly important.  […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW): Support Group

by Julie

    Support groups are generally defined as groups with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort and advice based on lived experience. Who better to understand what you’re going through than someone who has “been there” in some way? The lived experience of others facing a mental illness or who […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW): W.R.A.P.

by Julie

It’s featured on grants, it’s advised for most participants in Fayette County Mental Health Court, and it’s on the schedule at Participation Station on a regular basis.  It’s a core part of the Recovery we talk about. But what is WRAP really? WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan.  Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD created this method […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW): NAMI BASICS

by Julie

NAMI Basics is a Signature program offered by NAMI Lexington to educate and support parents of children and adolescents who have emotional and/or behavioral problems such as ADHD, Major Depres­sive Dis­or­der, Bipo­lar Dis­or­der, Schiz­o­phre­nia, Oppo­si­tional Defi­ant Dis­or­der, Anx­i­ety Dis­or­ders, and Obses­sive Com­pul­sive Disorder. The course teaches cop­ing skills, man­age­ment skills, communication/listening skills, prob­lem-solv­ing skills, and more.  […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW) Peer Support

by Julie

At its most basic, Peer Support is one person helping another person.  When NAMI Lexington talks about it, we are talking about Family members helping family members, Consumers of mental health services helping other consumers, Providers helping other providers, and so on. Peer support can be pretty formal – as it is in support groups […]

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#WIIW: Kentucky Consumer Conference

by Julie

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY – The Kentucky Consumer Conference The consumer conference is a gathering of individuals with mental illness, Kentucky Peer Specialists, consumer-operated service center personnel, and recovery-oriented professionals from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  One of the purposes of the conference is to connect individuals with mental illness to others in the state […]

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#WIIW: Community Mental Health Center (CMHC)

by Julie

Community Mental Health Centers are federally and state-funded outpatient mental health centers.  “Outpatient” means not in a hospital or other institution. People come in for an appointment and go back to their home. CMHCs are often the only providers for those who can’t pay or don’t have insurance. They are the behavioral health public safety […]

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#WIIW: “Signature Programs”

by Julie

Signature Programs contain information and processes vetted by experts from around the country and even the globe.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness main headquarters spearheaded or refined these programs so they have up-to-date and quality information requested universally by the targeted audience (family members, consumers, etc).  These programs give the same information and follow […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW) – Severe, Persistent, Mental Illness or SPMI

by Julie

We use this term frequently, as do our many partner agencies. It helps further define some of the people we are reaching out to with our programming. When we say a program or education course is targeted at individuals with SPMI or their families, we generally mean the federal and state definitions of SPMI. Per […]

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Black History Month Brief: Francis Sumner, PhD

by Julie

born December 7, 1895  died January 12, 1954 First African-American to earn a doctorate degree in any American university, having received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University on June 14, 1920.   He is known as the “Father of Black Psychology” for being also the first African-American psychologist in the United States.  He is […]

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Kentucky House Bill 65: Advocacy

by Julie

Kentucky House Bill 65 is before the Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday, February 12th. This bill has the distinction of being reviewed and drafted by a committee of individuals which included family members and mental health consumers. NAMI Lexington has been advocated alongside other statewide and community partners to expand the treatment OPTIONS for […]

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Black History Month Brief: Maya Angelou

by Julie

born April 4, 1928 died  May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou was a prominent poet, writer and activist in her adulthood after holding a number of previous positions.  Her autobiographical poetry works, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, opened up discussions on traumatic experiences in African-American households. This conversation is still going on today […]

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What is it Wednesday (#WIIW): Integrated Care

by Julie

 “Integrated Care” is the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare (http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/about-us/what-is-integrated-care). Ultimately, it is a full integration of mental health, substance abuse and primary care services. “The idea is that physical and behavioral health problems often occur at the same time. Integrating services to treat both will yield the best results and be the […]

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Why a blog? Education, Support, Advocacy and Ending Stigma

by Julie

NAMI Lexington’s mission is to “Promote Recovery”.  Our expanded mission statement includes that we support, educate and advocate for family members and those living with severe mental illness.  That’s a complex mission. It requires a lot of information sharing, and community support. This blog will share valid, important information about mental illness, the mental health […]

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