2018-19 Margo Award for Exceptional Performance in MSW Clinical Practicum

Scott Criqui News & Notes

Congratulations, Erin Walker, for winning the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s 2018-19 Margo Award for Exceptional Performance in MSW Clinical Practicum! Erin has been a WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities) intern at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. WRAP is a Bert Nash school-based mental health program, which is a partnership with Lawrence Public Schools and Eudora Schools. …

2019 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award

Scott Criqui News & Notes

Brad Cook, Bert Nash Community Support Services program manager, is the 2019 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award. The award, named for the late Bert Nash CEO, is the highest honor a Bert Nash staff member can receive. Julie Berndsen, last year’s recipient, when making this year’s award presentation, said, “This person strives to bring everyone together to accomplish …

Bert Nash: Helping kids and helping families

Emily Farley News & Notes

When Rachel and Travis Bowlin’s youngest son, Gabe, was in kindergarten, they began to hear about problems at school. “Gabe started struggling the second half of kindergarten,” Rachel said. “He was not doing well in school. Gabe is very intelligent, but he just couldn’t conform to the school atmosphere. He was really explosive. I was getting notes from school about …

Bert Nash is like family

Emily Farley News & Notes

Derek Mecca isn’t afraid to ask for help. “I’ve had struggles my whole life, but I’ve always been proactive to get myself the help I needed,” he said. And when he needed help, he found it at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Mecca has been receiving mental health services for most of his life. When he moved to …

She’s had her struggles, but Bert Nash client is a survivor

Emily Farley News & Notes

When Debbie wise found out about the speech her daughter Mallory gave for a class last year, she was surprised. And proud. “I had no idea she was doing the speech until a couple of weeks after she did it. I was talking to her teacher who said she did an amazing job,” Debbie said. Students had been assigned to …

Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of

Jeff Burkhead News & Notes

Mary Brand comes from a big family. She is one of nine siblings. “Because I’m right in the middle, I tell them I am the most stable,” she said. “And that makes them laugh.” Even though Brand has a mental illness, she still has her sense of humor. “When people make the comment, you’re crazy, I’m like, I know I …