How you can help
Fight the stigma of mental illness
Individuals who suffer from mental illness sometimes do not seek help because of the shame or stigma associated with the disease. When you know the facts, you can help fight the stigma of mental illness.
Learn and share the facts:
More than one in four adults will struggle with mental illness over their lifetime.
Mental illness is a disorder of the brain and there are many factors that may contribute to the cause, from genetics to other biological, environmental and social/cultural issues.
Mental illness causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.
Mental illness is a treatable disease. Individuals suffering from mental illness can be helped with medication and counseling. Individuals who suffer from mental illness can learn to lead full and productive lives.
Take a Mental Health First Aid Class
Learn key skills to help your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Current class schedules can be found here.
Be an advocate
Urge your state and federal elected officials to support increased funding for mental health services.
Participate in the Bert Nash Dash & Bash
Gather your friends and family and celebrate health and wellness by walking or running in the 5K or 10K.
You can also visit the Bash for wonderful food and music. Visit bertnashdashbash.org for more information.
Become a Bert Nash fan on Facebook.
Stay up to date on all the latest health news and events.
Donate to the Bert Nash Center
Since 2007, the budget of the Center has been significantly reduced. You can help make sure we are able to continue to serve those in need by donating to the Center. You can contribute to the Center by making a donation on our website. All contributions are tax deductible.
If you know someone who needs mental health counseling, please refer them to the Center. 785-843-9192
The health your gift will bring
Here are some examples of how your donation can make a difference:
- $2,500 provides intensive services for over four months so a child can remain with their family safely, building strong parenting and skills for the child that lead to success at school and in social settings.
- $1,000 allows one person with severe mental illness to live independently by providing
help with food shopping, medication, doctors’ visits and other life activities for two months.
- $500 provides therapy for someone experiencing depression from a job loss or divorce
- $250 helps support a voucher program to help clients who are in need of medication and cannot pay out of pocket themselves
- $125 pays for a family counseling session
- $75 allows an individual the opportunity to participate in group therapy sessions
- $50 pays for a weekend on-call clinician to respond to crisis
- $30 Provides the curriculum for an individual enrolled in Mental Health First Aid
Endowment Trust Fund
The Bert Nash Center's Endowment Trust Fund supports crucial programs
not fully financed by public funds and client fees. A volunteer citizen
Board of Trustees oversees the fund. The Bert Nash Center was founded in 1950 in memory of Dr. Bert Nash, educator, psychologist, Lawrence community leader, and strong proponent of what we now term community based services for children and families. We’re pleased to honor Dr. Nash’s legacy by continuing to provide programs and services that are fundamental to the overall health of the Douglas County community. Your contribution will help continue the legacy and allow us to provide affordable, comprehensive and quality mental health services to children, adults and families. For more information about the Bert
Nash Center's Endowment Trust Fund or fund raising activities, please
contact the Community Development Director at (785) 843-9192.