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September 20, 2013
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Mental Health First Aid class offered to public

Nevada County is offering Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Evidence has shown that the Mental Health First Aid training course makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, according to the county memo issued by CEO Rick Haffey.

Studies found that those who are trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Mental Health First Aid Training is offered Sept. 30 and Nov. 7.

New this year is Mental Health First Aid Training for Providers, who work with youth, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 29.

​Continued West Nile virus activity in California

The Nevada County Public Health Department recommends that residents continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carry and transmit the West Nile virus, which can sometimes lead to severe neurologic illness, particularly in those older than 50.

As of Sept. 17, there have been 150 reported cases of West Nile virus infection in people in California, which is similar to last year’s rate.

In Nevada County, no human cases have been reported this year, but surveillance from dead bird reporting and routine testing of sentinel chicken flocks does show that mosquitoes in the area are carrying the virus.

To reduce the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus, residents are encouraged to:

— Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active

— If outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk

— Use an appropriate mosquito repellent

— Drain standing water

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