Bert Nash event celebrates lives that have been changed, honors mental health advocates

Jeff Burkhead Events

There were plenty of stories at Monday’s Pioneer Celebration. Stories of dedication. Stories of service. Stories of inspiration. Most importantly, stories of lives changed. Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s annual celebration recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the center and to mental health in Douglas County. About 150 people attended the event. This was the 27th year …

Wear Blue

Jeff Burkhead Center Information

Bert Nash staff members wear blue to show support for Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness Month in April.

Kansas congresswoman invites Bert Nash CEO to participate in briefing on mental health training initiative

Jeff Burkhead Mental Health First Aid, News

On Thursday, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Congressman Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) co-hosted a congressional staff briefing sponsored by the National Council Behavioral Healthcare on an innovative training program called Mental Health First Aid and H.R. 274, the Mental Health First Aid Act. Barber previously served as district director for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He was critically wounded in the Tucson, …

Bert Nash CEO talks to D.C. staffers about benefits of Mental Health First Aid program

Jeff Burkhead Mental Health First Aid, News

David Johnson, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center CEO, was one of the speakers on a panel today in Washington, D.C., that discussed the value of Mental Health First Aid. Lynn Jenkins, Republican congresswoman from Kansas, and Ron Barber, Democratic congressman from Arizona, cohosted the briefing for congressional staffers. Jenkins was the first Republican to add her name as a …

Committee focuses on recognizing and rewarding Bert Nash staff

Jeff Burkhead Events

Officially, it is called the Recognition and Retention Committee. Based on the group’s activities, it could be called the fun committee. “We’re the party planners,” said Lydia Shontz, administrative assistant at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, whose duties include chairing the center’s R&R Committee. R&R used to stand for retention and recruitment. The committee’s name was changed to put …

Chaplain, mental health advocate to be honored April 22 at Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration

Jeff Burkhead Center Information, Events

Paramedicine was a relatively new field in 1975. At the time, Paul Taylor was completing his studies at St. John’s College in Winfield and trying to figure out what to do with his life. “I was going to college and casting around for some kind of career,” Taylor said. “It’s nerve-racking when you are almost through school and you don’t …