WRAP program reaches children where they are — in the schools

Jeff Burkhead WRAP

When Charlie Kuszmaul heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., like everyone, he was appalled. But he wasn’t surprised. He knew the possibility existed for the same horrible act to occur at any school in the country. Including here. “When Columbine happened I was at Lawrence High School and everyone there was aware that it …

Speaking from experience: Peer support specialists share personal recovery stories

Jeff Burkhead Peer Support

When members of the Bert Nash Peer Support Services team tell a client they can relate to what they are going through, they aren’t just being empathetic. They are speaking from experience. “Each of the peer support specialists brings their own expertise,” said team leader Chris Ford. “To be a peer support specialist, you have to have been a consumer …

Bert Nash CEO, Eudora school superintendent tell congresswoman about benefits of prevention programs

Jeff Burkhead Mental Health First Aid

Programs like Mental Health First Aid and WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities) not only save money. They save lives. “It just isn’t worth the risk (not to fund these programs),” Bert Nash CEO David Johnson told U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins last week. Since 2008, more than 100,000 people nationwide have been trained in Mental Health First Aid, including more …

A whole person

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The experience I have had a Bert Nash has changed my life. I just graduated from the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program with the skills that I need to live a life worth living! It is so exciting to see how much my life has changed because of this program. I came to Bert Nash in a time of crisis, when …

Goldfish in a turbulent ocean

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

My days were dark for 30 plus years. With a degree in secondary education, I was a teacher until I was diagnosed with Anorexia. I was dying – didn’t know it – and didn’t care. My doctor told me I wasn’t going to die on his watch! This opened my eyes. I really did want to live. My life was …

Hope and happiness

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

There is a question I get asked routinely. People want to know if there was a pill that I could take to make my disability disappear, would I take it? The answer is no, and yes. You see, there are two disabilities I am affected by. Cerebral Palsy was diagnosed when I was a year and a half. I use …

No more hospitals

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

I began having depression and other illnesses when I was about sixteen. That was also when I began cutting myself. Actually,that was the first time I was taken to Bert Nash by my parents,who had no idea what they were dealing with (and never did). That was many years ago. After many years of suicide attempts and continuous cutting, I …

All bases are covered

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

Starting in 1982, I have been in and out of hospitals. When I first was diagnosed with mental illness, I was a graduate student at the University of Kansas. During the first phase of my illness, I was teaching at KU and had earned a Fulbright to go to Mexico to collect data for my degree. I had earned two …

Depression late in life

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions, Successful Aging

Jane* experienced an early trauma at a young age and that experience made her susceptible to depression. At the age of 79, a family crisis triggered a major depressive episode and she was contemplating suicide. She had been helped by talk therapy in the past; so she decided to call the Bert Nash center and get help. “Having people that …