Client benefits from different therapy options offered at the Bert Nash Center

Emily Farley Adult Services

When he came to Bert Nash Center, the client reported feeling alone, hopeless, worthless and depressed. And he had written a suicide note. A little more than a year later, after participating in different therapy groups offered at the Center, the client is in a much better place. “He became more engaged after several sessions,” said Adult Outpatient Program therapist …

Retiring Bert Nash CEO reflects on 16-year run

Emily Farley News & Notes

When asked about the best job he ever had, David Johnson didn’t hesitate. “This job,” Johnson said. “Absolutely, this job.” This job may well be the last one he will ever have. After 17 years as CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Johnson, 65, will retire around the first of July. His successor, Patrick Schmitz, will start …

Welcome Patrick Schmitz, new Bert Nash CEO

Emily Farley News & Notes

“I am honored and excited to be joining Bert Nash on June 5 and its staff of highly dedicated, talented and professional team members. I look forward to getting to know all of you, working alongside of you and helping continue the legacy and reputation of high-quality, effective services to the citizens of Douglas County. I am impressed with the …

Parents become advocates for mental health awareness

Emily Farley Child & Family Services, News

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. It used to be, Matt and Kathy Brown didn’t talk about mental illness and how it impacted their children. “We hid it from everybody at first, because of the stigma,” Matt said. Eventually, they opened up about things with …

Bert Nash Center is near and dear to her heart, and mind

Emily Farley Mental Health First Aid, News

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. LaRisa Chambers understands the importance of planned giving. She does it for a living. She also practices what she preaches. Chambers is a senior development director for KU Endowment, the fundraising organization for the University of Kansas. She handles …

Man who survived jumping off Golden Gate Bridge bringing message of hope to Lawrence

Emily Farley Mental Health First Aid

Kevin Hines spends 300 days a year on the road, sharing his story around the world. His motivation is simple. “It’s seeing the positive reactions from people who tell me their lives have been changed,” Hines said in a phone interview from his home in Atlanta. “That’s what motivates me.” Seventeen years ago, the then 19-year-old Hines took a bus …

Client’s journey punctuated by perseverance and determination

Emily Farley Adult Services, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Suicide is something Lisa Doffing had thought about for a long time. Since she was 9, in fact. She’s now 49. “I remember telling my step-mother and her boyfriend that I didn’t want to live anymore,” Doffing said. “I …

‘I changed, and I owe it all to Bert Nash’

Emily Farley Adult Services

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Eleven years ago, Danny Henderson was home alone when he suffered a debilitating stroke. He was 36. Three days later, a friend came to the house and found him. Doctors told him later he was hours away from dying. …

Community leader says people shouldn’t be afraid to seek help when it’s needed

Emily Farley Adult Services, Mental Health First Aid

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. Brad Burnside considers himself an introvert. “I think some people are surprised by that,” said Burnside, who is the market president of US Bank in Lawrence and the incoming chair of the Bert Nash Governing Board of Directors. The …