Behavioral Health Resources
Well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. Our homes, workplaces, and communities are all influenced by our well-being. Finding a balance between work, rest and meaningful connections energizes us and supports resilience and fulfillment.
Social distancing and disruption to work, school and family life have put a strain on us all. The community resources included in this directory offer new ways to find purpose, connection, and help when you need it. With a little attention and practice, we can all enhance our well-being and work toward balance and contentment. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the organizations listed here.
Taking Charge of your wellbeing
Community spaces are an important part of your wellbeing. Here are some local resources.
- Lawrence Arts Center
- Participation in the arts improves emotional well-being and promotes community connections.The Lawrence Arts Center offers a variety of classes, exhibitions and performances both in-person and online. Many opportunities are free and financial aid is available.
- Lawrence Public Library
- Check out books, movies, music, equipment...even a SAD lamp
Douglas County Senior Resource center
SRC provides resources, services, opportunities for seniors throughout Douglas County.
Fitness and recreation
Access to green spaces, physical activity and recreation are important aspects of well being.
- Lawrence Parks and Recreation
- Lawrence Bike Club
- Kansas Triathlon Club
- Eudora Parks and Recreation
- Baldwin City Recreation Commission
Trauma-Informed Care & Resiliency Resources
The Alive and Well program offers local training and education to help Douglas County members understand the impact of trauma.
Compassion Resilience Toolkit:
Find free resources for teachers, healthcare workers and parents/caregivers about compassion resilience.
Community Children's Center
Community Children's Center of Kansas offers educational opportunities for parents and caregivers, along with support for early childhood needs.
Mental Health Resources:
Bert Nash Center
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center has a great collection of mental health resources on its FAQ page
It also offers 24/7 phone support at: (785) 843-9192
And courses in Mental Health First Aid.
University of Kansas
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides counseling and other services to KU students. CAPS is currently offering virtual counseling sessions.
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ
24/7 crisis line: 1-800-273-8255 or 785-841-2345 ksphq.org
Lawrence Public Library
The library has an online collection of community resources about food security, general health, jobs and more.
You can also find links to health and wellness information if you're looking to hit the books.
Find direct services for community members in need. United Way helps the community with education, health and job security.
SMART Recovery Group
SMART Recovery group meetings are available for Douglas County residents at no cost every Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Smart Recovery group meetings are for anyone who is struggling with addictive behaviors such as alcohol, opioids, amphetamines, tobacco, gambling, pornography or binge eating.
Additional community resources
COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety
Staying well can be difficult amid a pandemic, but it's not impossible. Here are some resources to help you feel grounded and improve wellbeing.
6 Daily Questions
Asking yourself these six, daily questions can help you to manage stress and anxiety surrounding the pandemic.