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“What do I do? “How can I help?” These tough questions arise when community members encounter a person who appears to be experiencing a serious mental health crisis. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) is spreading the word about services that can help in these situations, including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an evidence-based program through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

In a moment of crisis, a listening ear can stop a self-destructive impulse, says Susan Gabay, who works tirelessly to encourage a community dialogue about suicide prevention. She said having people be unafraid to ask tough questions when someone is at risk, or check in with isolated neighbors, is more important than ever with suicide rates on the rise.

Fire impacts six in White Salmon Disaster response staff with the Cascade Region American Red Cross responded to a home fire the evening of Friday, June 15 in the 200 block of Loop Rd, in White Salmon. The fire affected six, including three adults, three children and multiple pets.

Poking fun at mental health issues might not be the polite thing to do typically, but people with a diagnosable condition will soon take the stage in a comedy show to educate others about the challenges they face and overcome.

The Mid-Columbia Center for Living, the community provider for mental health and other services, has added evening and Saturday hours and expanded its medical services. It has also made five new staffing assignments in recent months, according to a press release.

The Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms. The Dalles — April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th St.

Last month, Regional Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg described a recent day at the regional jail that stood out for a frustrating reason: at one point, every inmate in the booking area belonged in a mental health facility. Instead, as regularly happens, they were put behind bars. Booking felt like an acute psychiatric unit, Brandenburg told the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility board at its October meeting.