Once you have taken the time to practice some deep breathing, begin to focus on any negative thoughts that are moving around your head. Zero in on them, they are clues as to your functioning and mental health as you interact with the world.
Challenge a negative thought with a positive thought instead. Instead of investing further energy in the thought, “I am out of control…” Choose to replace it with one of the following affirmations:
- I am relaxed.
- I am at peace.
- I love and accept myself.
- Everything I need is within me.
- I am in control.
- I express my emotions with ease.
- I am safe and secure.
- I live in the present moment.
- My mind is calm.
- I am happy.
- I am energized.
- I am good at what I do.
Zero in on one or two of the aforementioned affirmations and practice them regularly, if at all possible.
When you feel challenged by negative self-talk such as “I am a failure” and other negative/untrue assessments of self, challenge these beliefs with a positive affirmation and witness your mind begin to shift to a place of greater clarity and calm.
Contact Us to Learn More
We are a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to future care planning for disabled adults due to mental illness. Incorporated in 1999, PLAN was formed by a group of families with disabled family members — mostly sons and daughters — concerned about who would care for their disabled dependents when they were no longer able to do so themselves.
PLAN of Central Ohio offers an activities program where clients can form friendships, practice social skills and just have fun. We meet two times a month, transporting clients to and from each activity. Our case manager/client ratio is approximately 1 to 5 to provide a safe, supervised outing. Our program includes casual dinners at inexpensive restaurants, outings to movies and trips to local places of interest. We have been able to continue our activities program in a safe, socially-distanced way, despite the COVID-19 epidemic. We also offer Zoom-based activities to meet the needs of those who do not wish to be out and about in these unprecedented times.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been around?
We were formed in 1999 by a group of families with disabled family members.
What is your mission?
PLAN of Central Ohio’s mission is to provide enhanced quality of life for individuals with mental illness.
What do your services consist of?
We provide a once weekly lunch club that is socially distanced and in person. We also provide Zoom care coordination to address concerns that arise in individuals and their care as well as concierge support as needed should an individual need groceries or assistance with daily activities or crisis navigation. Additionally, we provide zoom classes monthly in the form of yoga, movement, music appreciation, and fun facts to encourage socialization. We provide supplemental care coordination when individual needs “fall through the safety net” and support to families who are experiencing caregiver burnout.
What is Zoom care coordination?
When an individual needs someone to talk to in a time of need they can access our care coordinators via phone or Zoom. Talks can range from simple process sessions designed to address current stressors and concerns to support needs during times of crisis. We have transported clients for emergency psychiatric evaluation. We deliver groceries and help with pet care. We deliver meals from restaurants so that our client’s needs during COVID-19 are respected.
What is private pay mental health home care
The services we provide could easily fall under this umbrella and are designed for individuals who do not meet Medicaid criteria for case management services.
How do you get your referrals?
We get referrals from attorney who work as conservators for disabled individuals as well as family and friends who are interested in additional support for their loved one.
How do you address caregiver burnout?
We hold annual caregiver support workshops for caregivers of disabled adults. These workshops offer a great deal of education on mental health first aid and burnout. We offer a safe forum for caregivers to discuss their concerns and receive supportive feedback from others navigating the same issues.
What does a typical Plan client look like?
Our clients come from families who are seeking additional support in the form of structured activities to improve quality of life in the individual.
Who can become a member?
Families, friends, potential and active clients who would like to access our services.
What is included in membership?
There is an annual fee that allows individuals and their supports access to our programming. To participate in lunch club and receive care coordination services there is an additional fee of $30.00 per hour plus mileage.
What are you doing to address COVID-19 in terms of your programming?
We are committed to ensuring that our activities are safe and socially distanced when meeting in person and provide the bulk of our content via Zoom to make sure that the needs of our clients and staff are respected.