2016 Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid - JPEG logoMental Health First Aid is an eight hour certification course that trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

You will learn:

• Risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use disorders (depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders)

• A five step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or crisis

• Local resources to turn to for help (professional, peer, self-help)

CLICK HERE for a Mental Health First Aid brochure with 2016 course dates.  To register or for more information about Mental Health First Aid contact our office at (785) 587-4300.

2016 Basic Parenting Workshop

Basic Parenting Logo (2)Pawnee’s Basic Parenting Workshop covers a variety of topics fundamental to good parenting such as managing personal stress, understanding children and their development, establishing and maintaining reasonable limits, expressing affection and compassion, and teaching children about themselves, others and the world around them. Sessions are appropriate for parents of children of any age. Basic Parenting is a six session workshop led by Amanda Myers and Kylee Anderson.

CLICK HERE for a Basic Parenting Brochure with dates and times.  To register or for more information about the Basic Parenting Workshop contact our office at (785) 587-4350.

Pawnee Recognizes International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

SSLD 2015 ImageNovember 21 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day when suicide loss survivors gather to find strength in the knowledge that they are not alone.

Pawnee Mental Health Services (Pawnee) will host a screening of Family Journeys, a new documentary that tells the stories of a diverse group of suicide loss survivors. After the film a member of Pawnee’s treatment team will host a post screening discussion and question and answer session.

The screenings will be held on Saturday, November 21 at the Pawnee offices:

210 West 21st St.                               814 Caroline Ave.                              2001 Claflin Road
Concordia, KS                                    Junction City, KS                              Manhattan, KS
10:30a.m. – noon                              8:30a.m. – 10:00a.m.                      10:30a.m. – noon

The screening is free and open to the public. To register or for additional information contact Shannon Hughston at (785) 587-4300 or by email at shannon.hughston@pawnee.org. For more information about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit www.survivorday.org.

Cole named to Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council

Robbin Cole, Executive Director of Pawnee Mental Health Services

Robbin Cole, Executive Director of Pawnee Mental Health Services

Robbin Cole, Executive Director of Pawnee Mental Health Services, was recently appointed to a two year term on the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

The Governors Behavioral Health Planning Council is composed of 33 members, 17 of whom are appointed by the governor. One other Kansas Community Mental Health Center Director serves on the Council. Behavioral Health Planning councils are established by Federal law and exist in every U.S. state and territory. They monitor, review and evaluate behavioral health services within the state, advocate for quality behavioral health services and review and make recommendations regarding the Federal Mental Health Block Grant.

Cole is also a member of the Planning Council’s Veteran’s Subcommittee.

Pawnee Mental Health Services

Adam McCaffrey, LSCSW, LAC

Adam McCaffrey, LSCSW, LAC

National Recovery month is an observance held every September to promote recovery for people with mental health or substance use disorders. The theme for Recovery Month 2015 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable.” The theme challenges individuals in recovery and their support systems to share their stories of recovery, to encourage those in the middle of recovery, and to promote the valuable lessons and experiences people in recovery can share.

While recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder can be challenging, there are several things a person can do to help in their own recovery efforts. According to information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people in recovery have a better chance of reaching their goals and feeling better if they participate in treatment or support groups. Research has also found that the lives of persons going through recovery are greatly improved if they themselves help others or share their recovery stories with others. The support of family, friends, and the community is also vital to those in recovery.

For the past 59 years, Pawnee Mental Health Services has been a leader in providing treatment to those in recovery and in advocating for them on a community and state level. Please join us in celebrating recovery month by encouraging people you know who are going through recovery: let them know they are valuable, listen to their stories, and support community efforts to help all those in recovery!


Adam McCaffrey, LSCSW, LAC
Director of Therapy and Recovery Services
Pawnee Mental Health Services