'Building on the legacy of great leaders,' Amy Warren named new Bert Nash COO

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/aug/30/318848/ When Amy Warren was doing her social work practicum in the late 1990s at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Patricia Roach Smith was her field instructor. Roach Smith was the director of Child and Family Services at Bert Nash at the time and Warren was going through ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/jun/02/317249/ 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 more than a year later, after participating in different therapy groups offered at the Center, the client is in a much better place. “He ...

Welcome, Patrick Schmitz, new Bert Nash Center CEO

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/jun/01/317223/ “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 look forward to getting to know all of you, working alongside of you and helping continue the legacy and reputation of high-quality, effective services ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/31/317202/ 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 training in Mental Health First Aid. While that scenario may seem improbable, Johnson would like nothing better as he departs from the job he’s ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/17/316932/ 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 the last one he will ever have. After 16 years as CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Johnson, 65, will retire ...

Parents become advocates for mental health awareness

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/15/316906/ 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, Matt and Kathy Brown didn’t talk about mental illness and how it impacted their children. “We hid it from everybody at first, because of ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/12/316830/ 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 importance of planned giving. She does it for a living. She also practices what she preaches. Chambers is a senior development director for KU ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/16/316912/ 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 from people who tell me their lives have been changed,” Hines said in a phone interview from his home in Atlanta. “That’s what motivates ...

Client's journey punctuated by perseverance and determination

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/11/316810/ 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 Doffing had thought about for a long time. Since she was 9, in fact. She’s now 49. “I remember telling my step-mother and her ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/08/316734/ 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 Henderson was home alone when he suffered a debilitating stroke. He was 36. Three days later, a friend came to the house and found ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/08/316725/ 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 an introvert. “I think some people are surprised by that,” said Burnside, who is the market president of US Bank in Lawrence and the ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/may/02/316454/ 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 the past wasn’t the hard part. Remembering was. She wished she could forget. But she couldn’t. Years of abuse had left her with memories ...

'Mental Health First Aid makes a big impact. It saves lives.'

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/apr/28/316399/ Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Just like CPR training helps a layperson with no medical training learn life-saving skills, Mental Health First Aid helps a person with no clinical background know how to ...

Community partners, search committee members: New CEO obvious choice to carry on Bert Nash Center tradition

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/apr/17/316193/ Patrick Schmitz knows he is joining some select company. Schmitz, 51, will become just the third CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in nearly 40 years. He will succeed David Johnson, who is in his 17th year as CEO of the Bert Nash Center and is ...

Longtime KU business school professor to receive Bert Nash Pioneer Award

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/mar/27/315845/ When his friend and mentor Maurice Joy asked him to join the Bert Nash Investment Committee in 1996, Bill Beedles didn’t hesitate to serve. “There was a resignation on the committee and he asked me to join, and I was thrilled to do so,” Beedles said. Then he was ...

Bert Nash Center, Housing Authority receive HOME award

Jeff Burkhead

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received an award of $80,000 from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for continuation of the Community Support Services HOME tenant-based rental assistance program. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority will administer the funds. The Community Support Services HOME ...

Bert Nash, Housing Authority collaborate on housing project for people with mental illness

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/nov/07/311702/ Bert Nash Center and Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have a long history of working together. The newest partnership between the two organizations involves plans to develop an eight-unit apartment building adjacent to a proposed crisis center, across from the Bert Nash Center, 200 Maine St. “This is probably the ...

Bert Nash clients benefit from therapeutic lifestyle changes

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/15/310342/ Everyone could use some TLC. For people who struggle with depression, that is especially true. In this case, TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, rather than tender loving care. Preliminary research suggests that Therapeutic Lifestyle Change is an effective treatment for depression. Bert Nash offers a TLC group that ...

Van Go "Life Changes" mural continues to have impact at Bert Nash Center

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/15/310337/ It took all of eight weeks to complete the design and painting of the mural on the second floor of the Bert Nash Center. That was 14 years ago. But the impact the mural has on children and families who visit the second floor of the Center lives on. ...

"My hope is that more people take this class. It could be life-saving."

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/07/310175/ Mental Health First Aid is life-changing and can be life-saving. I took the course at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center five years ago when I was a health reporter for a television station and newspaper. I wanted to be better educated about mental health because I interviewed people ...

Mental illness educational class offered for family members

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jul/25/309462/ If you have a family member or friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would like to have a better understanding of their illness so you can better relate and help them, here is an opportunity to get that education. “Family to Family” is a series of ...

Bert Nash summer program encourages mental, physical health

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/14/308223/ School’s out, and that means it’s time for the Bert Nash Summer Program. The program, called Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, runs from June 7 to July 28 and will involve about 75 kids. “We have a lot of kids this year,” said Rhonda Stubbs, who oversees the program and ...

To an anxious friend: Help is available

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/09/308094/ As the leader of anxiety therapy groups at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Jason Khomsi knows what he’s talking about. Because he’s lived it. “I used to struggle with social anxiety,” Khomsi said. “So a lot of the skills I teach in the anxiety classes I had ...

Mr. Fix It describes Spirit Award winner

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/09/308077/ Paul Williams likes being behind the scenes. But not nearly as much as he likes helping people. Williams, the Bert Nash Mental Health Center IT manager, is the epitome of a problem-solver. And he’s an all-around good guy besides. Described in a nomination letter as “Someone who is liked ...

Partners in mental health: Bert Nash honors local law enforcement

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/08/307986/ For as long as anyone can remember, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and law enforcement have had a working relationship. Since the early 2000s, that relationship has changed. For the better. “I see it as a partnership,” said Amber Rhoden of the Lawrence Police Department. “We want to ...

City commissioners recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month

Jeff Burkhead

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Learning a new way to live, setbacks and all

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/may/06/306930/ Walk into Angie Boster’s apartment these days and the window blinds will be open. That never used to happen. “I didn’t want the outside world seeing me,” she said. Now she’s not afraid to let the light — or the outside world — in. 2015 was a big year ...

Remembering Bob Nash

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/18/306259/ The Center lost a dear friend last week. Bob Nash was so proud of the staff and the outstanding work of the Center and would frequently say he knew his father would be touched that his name and legacy have continued on for so many years. We will sincerely ...

Bert Nash to honor local law enforcement with Pioneer Award

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/13/306045/ For as long as anyone can remember, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and law enforcement have had a working relationship. Since the early 2000s, that relationship has changed. For the better. “I see it as a partnership,” said Amber Rhoden of the Lawrence Police Department. “We want to ...

Annual Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/04/305718/ The Pioneer Celebration recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute their time, effort and energy to advance the mental health of the Douglas County community. This year, the Pioneer Award will be presented to Douglas County law enforcement agencies, in recognition of their commitment and service to people with mental ...

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