Dave’s Dream

Dave Johnson has served as the CEO at Bert Nash since 2001 and prior to that led mental health agencies in Iowa for 20 years. His entire professional career has been dedicated to finding ways to serve people who need mental health care — in the best way possible. Finding and bringing MHFA to America and Douglas County was a major step in realizing Dave’s dream. He even helped bring awareness to federal lawmakers by being a part of two congressional briefings regarding the importance of MHFA.


We want to create and sustain a permanent Mental Health First Aid instructor/coordinator position, so this vital public education program will forever be available in our community to save lives and provide aid when our friends, neighbors, family and co-workers need it. We can do this by raising $1 million for the Bert Nash endowment fund, and the income from that investment will provide permanent support to Mental Health First Aid and our entire community.

Hello, For 38 years, I’ve been focused on a future where the barriers to mental health treatment will be gone and more lives will be saved. As I step aside, that dream has yet to be fulfilled. But I know that Mental Health First Aid busts the stigma of mental illness, gets people to treatment, and saves lives.Note from Dave:

Honor Dave

We now have the opportunity to honor Dave for his life’s work and recognize the incredible impact he has made in Douglas County–and help make his dreams come true. Please donate.

The Bert Nash Center was one of the first pilot sites in the country to start offering MHFA.
Bert Nash has certified more than 1,800 people in MHFA in Douglas County.
David Johnson was one of the first people in America to start teaching MHFA.