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Gaps In Local Mental Health Services Exist Despite Recent Additions

Gaps In Care Exist Despite Local Advances

Posted: April 20, 2014 at 5 a.m.

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Mental health services are increasing in Northwest Arkansas, but gaps remain, advocates say, and people in need of help fall into them.

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Mental Health First Aid

Ozark Guidance is hosting Mental Health First Aid in May as part of its Mental Health Awareness Month events.

The event is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. May 21 in Rooms 221, 226, 227 and 228 at The Jones Center, 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale.

The class costs $50 and includes eight hours of training, Mental Health First Aid manual, certificate of completion, breakfast and box lunch and a T-shirt.

Four classes will be held concurrently: three for adults and one for adults who work with young people ages 12 to 18.

The class teaches signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders and risk factors and crisis situations associated with mental illness.

Register online at www.ozarkguidance.org.

Source: Staff Report

By The Numbers

Client Age

Below is the number of clients in different age groups Ozark Guidance served between April 1, 2013, and March 31.

• 5 and younger: 550

• 6-8: 1,183

• 9-11: 1,194

• 12-14: 1,094

• 15-17: 890

• 18-20: 379

• 21-30: 977

• 31-40: 996

• 41-50: 867

• 51-60: 740

• 61 and older: 287

Source: Ozark Guidance

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