Heartland Community Health Center

Area organizations explore merge to improve community health care

Lawrence, Ks - Heartland Community Health Center and Health Care Access would like to announce that the two organizations have signed a non-binding Letter of ...

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Tools for a better life: Help available for managing chronic health conditions

A six-week series of workshops designed for people who are managing one or more chronic health conditions starts Thursday.

Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

Only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance, according to a study that suggests doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth caught up in the worst addiction crisis in U.S. history.

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The importance of sleep, and why your health depends on getting enough of it

It’s abundantly clear to most Americans that we are a sleep-deprived nation. But few of us fully understand the negative impact that lack of sleep is having on our overall health and well-being.

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids

The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.

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Alzheimer's disease: Reduce the risk

Some mild forgetfulness is normal as we age. But if you think you or a loved one is experiencing more serious cognitive function issues, including memory problems, it is important to see your doctor.

Drugs score big wins against some cancers

Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There's even a "uni-drug" that may fight many forms of the disease.

Shelly Goscha, Adult Outpatient Program therapist, is part of a team of therapists that works with clients through individual and group therapy.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Client benefits from different therapy options offered at the Bert Nash Center

When he came to Bert Nash Center, the client reported feeling alone, hopeless, worthless and depressed. And he had written a suicide note. A little ...

New Bert Nash Center CEO Patrick Schmitz starts his new duties June 5.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Welcome, Patrick Schmitz, new Bert Nash Center CEO

“I am honored and excited to be joining Bert Nash on June 5 and its staff of highly dedicated, talented and professional team members. I ...

David Johnson: "The thing is that people use the skills they learn. It’s not a tool that rusts in the toolbox. It’s one that people take out and use. And, bottom line, it saves lives.” Photo: Doug Stremel.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Dave's Dream: To permanently endow Mental Health First Aid position

If he could, David Johnson, retiring CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, would see to it that everyone in Douglas County received ...

“This is a really caring and supportive environment here at the Center. I said this forever, and I will say it forever, this is a great place to work.”

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Retiring Bert Nash CEO David Johnson reflects on 16-year run

When asked about the best job he ever had, David Johnson didn’t hesitate. “This job,” Johnson said. “Absolutely, this job.” This job may well be ...

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It’s important to be flexible

As we get older, it sometimes becomes more challenging to do things like bending over to pick up the newspaper from the driveway or reaching up to retrieve something from a kitchen cabinet. Being flexible enough to continue to engage in daily tasks such as these is important to maintain your independence and quality of life.

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LMH to honor National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Lawrence Memorial Hospital and community partners Lawrence Parks and Recreation and the Lawrence Public Library, are teaming up again this year to offer a day of free fitness and wellness events for older adults on Wednesday, which is National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

Study: Pot extract helps kids with epilepsy

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits.

"The parent support we received at Bert Nash was helpful. It made us realize, oh, we’re not the worst parents in the world," Kathy Brown said.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Parents become advocates for mental health awareness

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. It used to be, ...

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Beyond ‘baby blues’

Many new moms suffer severe depression and anxiety, but there’s help

Anjali Kansal-Rill sits on the living room floor of her Lawrence home and plays with her 8-month-old daughter, Amara. “I feel good. We have fun together,” Kansal-Rill said, with a smile. Seven months earlier, that wasn’t the case. Kansal-Rill was depressed and thinking about suicide.

“I was lucky enough to have people around me, supporting me, encouraging me to get help, and I had the resources to do that, but not everybody does," LaRisa Chambers said. "So, it’s extremely important to me to bring awareness of Bert Nash and the services it provides."

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash Center is near and dear to her heart, and mind

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. LaRisa Chambers understands the ...

“I always tell people that hope is there, that it has always been there. It’s a matter of fighting for your mental and brain health.”

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Man who survived jumping off Golden Gate Bridge bringing message of hope to Lawrence

Kevin Hines spends 300 days a year on the road, sharing his story around the world. His motivation is simple. “It’s seeing the positive reactions ...

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What do you know about strokes?

Fast action key to reducing level of potential disability

With more than 795,000 strokes occurring every year in the United States, it is important to understand how to prevent strokes and how to react if one occurs.

Kansas couple starts group for those with Lyme disease

For almost five years, Nikki DiSalvo only knew she was sick. Suffering from seemingly unrelated symptoms ranging from fatigue, visual disturbances and digestive issues to cardiovascular and neurological issues, DiSalvo received an equally broad range of diagnoses.

Missouri targets doctor dearth, expands first-in-nation law

Numerous additional doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri’s underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing a pervasive doctor shortage.

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Join the National Bike Month activities

Happy National Bike Month! A number of activities are planned to celebrate the month. Represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge! The Challenge is ...


“I’ve always believed there was hope,” Lisa Doffing said. “But now, with the help from Bert Nash, I really truly know I have a solid future."

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Client's journey punctuated by perseverance and determination

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Suicide is something Lisa ...

Healthy Body & Mind

Running Injuries - What You Need To Know

Injuries are a common but often avoidable side effect of running. Some of the most common injuries seen include runner’s knee, shin splints, IT band ...

Danny Henderson is grateful for a second chance. "It's a beautiful life," he said. "I'm improving every day."

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

'I changed, and I owe it all to Bert Nash'

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Eleven years ago, Danny ...

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A lifetime of caring: Longtime nurses reflect on rewards of their calling

There wasn’t any hesitation. Not if two little girls — one in south-central Wisconsin, one in eastern Kansas — were asked the question: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Research: Keeping secrets is harmful to your health

Although many people successfully conceal their secrets, new research from Columbia Business School reveals that there are harmful personal effects just from thinking about secrets.

Brad Burnside said being on the Bert Nash board helped him understand that everyone can benefit from "some professional insight into even the most everyday situations and interactions.”

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Community leader says people shouldn't be afraid to seek help when it's needed

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Brad Burnside considers himself ...

Maggie Crowder with her Bert Nash therapist, Tanner Edwards.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

'If there's healing out there to be found out, she will find it'

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. For Maggie Crowder, forgetting ...

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A barber's advice: Check out your legs

After 41 years cutting hair, Jon Amyx is as much a philosopher as a barber.