Mental health, and the state of mental health services here in Lincoln County, will be explored through a presentation featuring a panel of expert speakers on Thursday, April 14. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 SE College Way in Newport, and is part of the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation’s ongoing Williams Lecture Series.
Erin Parrish, a Health Education Specialist from Public Health, will speak about the state of mental health in Lincoln County. How are we doing? What resources are available?
Parrish will discuss the long-term ramifications of adverse childhood experiences. What are they, and how do they affect our health over the course of our life?
Samantha Schafer, also a Health Education Specialist, is trained in Mental Health First Aid. She will be presenting on mental health first aid, explaining what it is, why it’s important, and how you can become trained.
Finally, Patricia Jarrett, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, will discuss what it means to be mentally healthy. Jarrett will discuss what can be done when we or someone we know is struggling with mental illness, and will help define when it’s important to seek help.
The OCCC Central Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport. For more information, visit www.oregoncoastcc.org or call 541-867-8501.