‘Mental Health First Aid’ could help people through the pandemic

SOUTHERN OREGON, Ore. —The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of pretty much all of us. But there’s a lot of things you can do to help support your mental health.

“One of the biggest things is to do those things that bring you joy, whether that’s reading a book, talking with a friend, or spending time outside, whatever that looks for you is find the things that make us happy and bring that joy to our daily life,” said Fayth Dickenson, Regence’s Manager of Behavioral Health.

Dickenson provides Mental Health Training to staff at Regence, one of our partners in the In This Together campaign.

Like CPR and first-aid training, Mental Health First Aid teaches an individual how to recognize the early signs of emotional strain. The training also emphasizes the importance of appropriate communication and responses to address the stigma often tied to mental health.

For more information, visit mentalhealthfirst aid.org

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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