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5 Questions: Social services now available via federally funded grant

August 27, 2009

Bert Nash Community Mental Health social worker Kathy Boyd now has an office in Eudora as a result of funding from the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.

For more information, call Bert Nash at (785)-843-9192.

Q: What services now are available as a result of the Bert Nash satellite location at Nottingham Community Learning Center?

A: We are starting with a therapist — that’s me — and I will provide family or individual counseling in the office or I meet with some children at the school.

I’ve been meeting with local families during the last five years, but now I have an office in Eudora instead of families having to come to Lawrence.

Q: Is there a cost attached to your services?

A: There can be. We do have a sliding scale based on your income and or insurance. There’s typically some cost for the services.

Q: What do people have to do to qualify for counseling?

A: People would ideally contact Bert Nash and indicate that they’re interested in services and we would figure out what the cost might be, and then there is an official intake meeting.

Q: What are some of the reason why people would use the services?

A: It could be a life issue they need help through, they could be having some problems coping with stress, loss or a chronic situations that’s just not getting better.

There’s a wide range of resources where people can go when life happens to them. People always have people they can turn to, whether it is a family member, a clergy, maybe a counselor at school, or a good family friend. It may be that they want to go outside that circle and Bert Nash would be one of those options.

There’s no agenda and there’s clinical training that can take it to a different level than some of those other people.

Q: Why do you think that it’s important that a person does try to talk through these issues with someone at Bert Nash?

A: The facts are that probably at any one time there is about 20 percent of that population that is going through some kind of a struggle in their life that could warrant getting help.

Of those people, there is only about 15 to 20 percent actually seek help.

What we’re seeing is that mental health is a component of physical health — they all work together. And you need both in order to prosper in life, whether to function as a student, a partner or professionally. If one of these things is out of whack, you’re not going to be able to function as well.

So, especially with children, if you can step in as early as possible and just provide a little support to get them through this they’re going to be available to learn, connect with their friends and their self-esteem will be preserved and hopefully flourish and they’ll be more productive.

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