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 Cog­ni­tive […]

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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- Cog­ni­tive […]

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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 for […]

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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 net […]

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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 the […]

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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 cred­it­ed […]

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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 as […]

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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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