behavioral health

Berett Wilber

This month's episode of Happy Healthy Unalaska discussed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Host M. Lynn Crane was joined by Sarah Mielke, who recently lead a training program for Unalaska's first responders.  They discussed the impact that trauma has on the body and mind, healthy coping mechanisms, how to help yourself and others who may be experiencing PTSD, and resources for support. 

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A St. Paul student died at the island's school last week.

The 5th grader collapsed in a classroom during the school day, according to Superintendent Brett Agenbroad of the Pribilof Island School District.

"School employees provided first aid and promptly called emergency responders who provided assistance and emergency transport to a health care facility," said Agenbroad. 

The child did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead. While the cause of death is still unknown, the state medical examiner is performing an autopsy.  

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This month's episode of Happy Healthy Unalaska discusses the stigma of addiction. 

Host M. Lynn Crane was joined by Delta Bedard, a behavioral health clinician at the Oonalaska Wellness Center. 

They discussed how the stigma attached to addiction often prevents those who are suffering from seeking help, while sharing information about the resources available for overcoming that stigma. 

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) has started a six-week intensive program for men focused on maintaining a healthy, substance-free lifestyle in Unalaska.

Clinician Delta Bedard is leading the workshop. She said it'll cover 12 topics, including communication, stress management, conflict resolution, and setting healthy boundaries.

"A lot of times with addiction, people live life by default," said Bedard. "They respond to one crisis after another, especially when they're in the throes of addiction. This is going to teach them how to live life with intent."