Comprehensive Healthcare offers free mental health training

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Comprehensive Healthcare is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by hosting free virtual events to educate the Yakima community about mental health.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Comprehensive Healthcare is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by hosting free virtual events to educate the Yakima community about mental health.

“If you break your arm or if you have some other illness, you know to go to the doctor, but when I think I’ve got a mental health issue, it’s like, ‘I’m a little squeamish about doing that,'” said Paul Nagle-McNaughton, Senior Director with Comprehensive Healthcare. “We want to break through that stigma.”

Nagle-McNaughton said reducing that stigma is essential, especially with the negative effects the pandemic has had on community members’ mental health, both directly and indirectly.

“A growing body of research indicates that roughly one in three COVID-19 survivors also experience psychological and neurological issues,” a news release from the organization said.

On Tuesday, the organization is holding a Suicide Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) webinar to train people on how to intervene when someone they know is experiencing thoughts of suicide.

According to the website, the training is, “designed to empower individuals to intervene when someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide, and dispel common myths regarding suicide and mental health.” Register online here.

Comprehensive Healthcare will also hold an “Ask me Anything” Facebook Live event on Thursday featuring therapists and a peer counselor, which is a former client with lived experience.

“These trainings offer helpful skills essential to recognizing and responding to individuals in crisis or knowing how to approach a co-worker, family member or friend about mental health concerns,” the release said.

The organization is also offering a Cumulative Stress, Self-Care and Resilience Training on May 25 to, “highlight the importance of self-care and connect participants with practical resources for coping with stress and building personal, family and community resiliency.” Register online here.

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