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National Health Awareness Week

EUGENE, Ore. — It was 50 years ago that President John F. Kennedy signed an act that created the Community Mental Health System.

Lane County Public Health is celebrating by taking part in National Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s launching mental health first aid classes to help educate the community.

“Mental health first aid gives us a chance to learn more about what we call mental illness and become more familiar with things, so we’re not so afraid and it helps reduce the stigma around saying yeah, I’ve seen a counselor or yeah, maybe I need one,” said C. A. Baskerville, Prevention and Planning Supervisor.

The first class is Oct. 11 and the second, Dec. 6. For those interested in the class, register by Wednesday here.

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