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Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month

Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month This May, the Barbour Community Health Association (BCHA) recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a particularly important topic all year round for our patients, families, caregivers, and staff. Preventing and treating mental health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, substance misuse, sleep problems, pain management, or stress and anxiety are key components of the person-centered care provided at BCHA. Our psychologists, counselors and caseworkers strive to provide the resources and treatment needed for our patients, family members and staff to feel and function at their best. Please see the

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5 Reasons to Attend PANIC

5 Reasons to Attend PANIC During the past eleven years, the PANIC (Physical Activity and Nutrition in the Community) program has been a fun opportunity for the entire family to learn exercise and nutrition tips to lead healthier and happier lives. Here are the top 5 reasons to participate in PANIC this year: Learn How To Have Fun Exercising – We have a variety of fun exercises, from yoga, square dancing, Zumba and more. Get motivated in a group workout session and learn new ways to exercise from home or the gym. Learn A Lot – Guests speakers will present on

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Fight “The Flu”

Fight “The Flu” No doubt about it, flu season is upon us! The flu typically occurs from October through March and peaks during the months of December, January and February. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread through respiratory secretions from person to person or by coming into contact with the virus on unclean surfaces such as clothing, doorknobs and shopping carts. Most people become contagious the day before symptoms appear and remain infectious for up to 5-7 days after symptoms begin. The flu can occasionally cause severe symptoms, particularly in high-risk populations such as children

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Could Your Family Benefit From Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

Could Your Family Benefit From Parent-Child Interaction Therapy? The expansion of the BCHA Behavioral Health program includes the initiation of the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Center located at the Belington Medical Clinic. To support the new program is new hire Robert W. Kiser, a Licensed Professional Counselor from Buckhannon. Kiser sat down with us to answer some questions on the new program and share his thoughts on how offering PCIT will impact the Barbour community for the better. Q. What is the difference between therapy and PCIT? Kiser: Unlike traditional psychotherapies, PCIT focuses on parent-child relational strengthening using a “live”

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Barbour Community Health Association Receives AIMS Grant

Barbour Community Health Association Receives AIMS Grant A $175,000 grant was awarded to the Barbour Community Health Association’s (BCHA) Behavioral Health program recently to aid in the development and expansion of mental health services. Funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), BCHA was one of 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in the United States to receive monetary support to increase access to behavioral health services with a strong focus on substance abuse. These grants go directly to local organizations, which are best situated to address mental health issues in their own communities. Other areas of

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Partnership Eases Student Access to Behavioral Health Services

Partnership Eases Student Access to Behavioral Health Services Barbour Community Health Association benefits from its new partnership with the WVU School of Medicine Telepsychiatry Program. Through collaboration with the Brandon Wellness Center at Phillip Barbour High School, students will now have the opportunity to receive telepsychiatry health services. This partnership allows WVU’s Telepsychiatry Program to implement its new initiative called the West Virginia Children’s Access Network at the Brandon Wellness Center where psychiatric and pediatric specialists can connect with students via teleconference. By allowing this vital interaction, medical professionals can screen, consult and treat patients efficiently and successfully at the

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