PCMH sponsors course for area professionals
Front row from left, Katherine Branstetter, PCFS; Kim Gamm, PCHD; the Rev. Pat Glenn; and Glenda Pfister. Second row, from left, Terri Benedetto, EMHS; Ellen Dillender, EMHS; Eleanore Warner, PCMH; and the Rev. Barry Pfister. Back row, from left, Kayla Walker, EMHS; Debbie Pederson, PCMH; William Wallace, counselor; Paulette Powelson, PCMH; and Justin Selle, PCHD.
Pike County Memorial Hospital recently sponsored “Mental Health First Aid” for area professionals.
Twelve participants completed in the eight-hour course.
Karen Farris Wallance, BA, MSAPA from Pathways Community Health/Family Counseling Center in Jefferson City, was the trainer for the program, which was funded through the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
It is estimated that one in four Americans will have a diagnosable mental disorder in their lifetime, thus all of society is affected in some way. “Mental Health First Aid” provides professionals with the tools to offer support to someone suffering from emotional distress, provide comfort, promote recovery and help reduce distress in stressful situations, trauma and crisis.
The goal of the Pike County Coalition (“Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives”) is to educate and encourage individuals to seek help in order to lead meaningful lives. The Pike County Coalition is made up of area healthcare providers, counselors and clergy.
Additional information on mental health resources can be found on the websites of both Pike County Health Department and PCMH.