Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 4

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINAL

 

Within 20 minutes of last smoking a cigarette your body starts making healthy changes that will continue for years. Here are some benefits of smoking cessation:

 

 

20 minutes after a smoker quits:
Blood pressure and pulse rate drops back to normal

8-12 hours after a smoker quits:
Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours after a smoker quits:
Risk of a heart attack decreases

2-3 weeks after a smoker quits:
Lung function increases up to 30%

1-9 months after a smoker quits:
Coughing, sinus congestions, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases

1 year after a smoker quits:
Coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5-10 years after a smoker quits:
Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s

15 years after a smoker quits:
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

Updated Course Dates for Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, and builds understanding of their impact. This 8-hour course teaches a five step action plan to help an individual in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate care. The course also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. The cost of the course is $25.00. For a brochure that includes an enrollment form and updated course dates click here.

For additional information contact our office at (785) 587-4300 or by email at mhfa@pawnee.org.

Pawnee Names Recipients of Stellar Achievement Award

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor recently received the 2014 Pawnee Mental Health Services Stellar Achievement Award.

The Stellar Achievement award is given to employees who display exceptional leadership, courage or extra effort when faced with adversity or to achieve a desired result.

“John, Jelane, and Michelle voluntarily gave up their weekend to respond to a significant facilities issue.” said Robbin Cole Executive Director.  “Their personal sacrifice allowed us to fulfill our mission uninterrupted. They truly are role models for the agency.”

 

 

Junction City Mental Health First Aid Class Cancelled

Cancellation graphicThe Mental Health First Aid class scheduled for Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 in Junction City has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  The class is rescheduled for Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Click here for information about Mental Health First Aid.

To enroll in a Mental Health First Aid course please call (785) 587-4300 or email mhfa@pawnee.org.

Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 3

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINALHealth reasons to consider when making the decision to quit   smoking or using tobacco:

I will have more energy

I will cough less and breathe easier

I will lower my risk of cancers, heart attack, stroke, emphysema, chronic  bronchitis, and cataracts

I will no longer expose my family and friends to secondhand smoke

Mental Health First Aid – 2014 Course Dates

Mental Health First Aid is a public education course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, and builds understanding of their impact. This 8-hour course teaches a five step action plan to help an individual in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate care. The course also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. The cost of the course is $25.00. For a brochure that includes an enrollment form Click here.

For additional information contact our office at (785) 587-4300 or by email at mhfa@pawnee.org.

 

Therapist Charlie Drees Retires From Pawnee

Charlie Drees, LSCSW, LCMFT

Charlie Drees, LSCSW, LCMFT

Charlie Drees, LSCSW, LCMFT retired from Pawnee Mental Health Services on June 30th after 23 years of service. Charlie is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.

Charlie earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and a master’s degree from the Kansas State University Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Charlie began his employment with Pawnee in 1991 as an Admission Counselor and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consultant.  In1992 he became Pawnee’s EAP consultant/outpatient therapist.  He was named the Employee Assistance Coordinator in 1998. In 2003 he was promoted to the Program Director for Prevention, Education and Consultation.  He became the EAP Manager and Outpatient therapist in 2008 and began working part-time for Pawnee in 2013.

Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance use treatment center serving approximately 7,800 people annually in north central Kansas.

 

April Zieber Named Employee of the Month

AZieberPawnee Mental Health Services is pleased to announce April Zieber, Customer Service Representative as the May 2014 employee of the month. She is the daughter of Dennis Zieber and Julie Krom.  April is a graduate of Manhattan High School.

In April’s nomination it stated “April is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. April is a very quick learner, consistent, efficient, and quick!”

Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance use treatment center serving approximately 7,800 people annually.