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Thursday July 17, 24, 31 and August 8 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM-Newcomers' to Appreciative Living Group
The Appreciative Living Learning Circles for young adults (age 18-35) who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or who have ever had the experience of psychosis has been meeting for four years now. Our group is getting quite large! If you would like to join us but would like to start out in a smaller group, we have just the group for you! This group will be run by three participants of the Friday night group. In a series of four sessions, you will get to know some of the Friday night regulars, and you will learn about how our group works (we focus on our strengths and on what we would like to have more of in our lives and how we can take steps to get there), the philosophy of Appreciative Living and you can enjoy some tasty treats - either dessert or snacks depending upon who is bringing something! We are a clean and sober group, so we ask that you do not use any substances prior to attending our group. However, we do have a smoking area for anyone who uses nicotine. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing or calling Kaylyn at kaylyn.bax@gmail.com or 360-601-3551. We would love to have you attend all four sessions so you really get to know a few people and the way the group works!
 
Saturday July 19th from 9 AM to 5:30 PM-Mental Health First Aid at ST James
If you are interested in attending this class please, contact Lyndsay Campbell at office@nami-greaterseattle.org right away, as there are limited spaces. The cost of the class is $100, however if you live in King County you likely qualify for a scholarship and Lyndsay can provide you with the application. More information is below and please let me know if you have any questions.  
Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis, such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a simple 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families; and learn about treatment and self-help strategies. http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
 
 September 18 - Mental Health Bridging the Gap, A Conference for Healthcare Professionals Designed For: Nurses, nurse practitioners, community and public health nurses, nurse educators, social workers, counselors, students and other interested health care professionals and individuals.               Course Description: This conference is a forum for healthcare professionals to share innovative and practical strategies for providing mental health care in clinical and community settings. Whether you are an experienced or novice healthcare professional, you will come away with practical tools and creative techniques to add to your professional skill set. Learning methods include lecture, discussion, demonstration and interprofessional dialogue. For more information and to register visit uwcne.org

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