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 …

Bert Nash Ambassador: Spreading the word about mental health

Emily Farley News & Notes

Anna Oliver’s introduction to the Bert Nash Center came at the right time. That was three and a half years ago. “There was a family member who was going through some issues, so that’s the reason I got involved with Bert Nash,” Oliver said. That personal connection motivated Oliver to get involved with Bert Nash. She’s been a dedicated Bert …