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Crises large or small and how to deal with them – like coping with our recent fires…

Psychologist to explore impact of crises on mental health at Women’s Giving Circle event.

The Women’s Giving Circle fall event will feature Petra Zdenkova, PsyD, who will discuss mental health as it relates to current crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and struggles for social justice.

This online event will be revealed on Tuesday, October 13. The presentation, including time for questions and answers, will unfold from noon to 1 p.m. It’s all free and open to the public. During the presentation Dr. Zdenkova will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how to determine if they are serious enough to justify professional intervention. She will also provide suggestions for managing nonclinical depression and anxiety.

Dr. Zdenkova is a primary care psychologist for Samaritan Health Services, seeing patients in Albany and Corvallis. She believes strongly in providing holistic, strength-based care, providing behavioral health counseling and support for patients of all ages. She specializes in short-term treatment using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

Following the presentation, the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation Women’s Giving Circle will provide a 30-minute update on projects supported during 2020, including an infant car seat program for at-risk families and medical equipment for the Birthing Center at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

The mission of the Women’s Giving Circle is to support women and children within the context of health care provided by Samaritan Pacific Health Services.

For more information about this group, visit samhealth.org/PCHDF. For the link or phone number to join the virtual event, email Karla Clem at kclem@samhealth.org.

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