South Coast Residents Take Course To Become Certified In Mental Health First Aid

When you think about first aid training, you probably think about CPR and using those skills to help someone suffering from a cardiac emergency. But that’s not the only first aid training that helps save lives. You can become certified in mental health first aid on the South Coast. Leticia Yanez shook with anxiety as she pretended to have a panic attack. Her instructor and classmates tried to calm her down. Yanez said she actually felt anxiety even though she was just role-playing.

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Three men from Fresno have been arrested on the South Coast on human trafficking charges.

Ventura Police say they received a call from the National Human Trafficking Center hotline on Saturday evening about a 17-year-old girl who claimed she fled from a human trafficking situation and was hiding near Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road. Officers found the teenage girl, and she told them that she was with three men for the last three days and was forced to commit acts of prostitution in San Diego County until they arrived at a motel in Ventura. She claims that she was not free to leave and was threatened with physical harm.

There’s some good news about the job market for the South and Central Coasts. Unemployment is falling.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting that the jobless rate in Ventura County was 4.7% in February, down from 5.1% in January. For Santa Barbara County, the unemployment rate was 5.5% last month, dipping 0.5% percent from a month earlier. And, the percentage of people unemployed in San Luis Obispo County was 3.9% last month, decreasing from 4.3% in January. Employers on the South and Central Coasts have added more than 15,000 jobs in the past year.

When you think about first aid training, you probably think about CPR and using those skills to help someone suffering from a cardiac emergency. But that’s not the only first aid training that helps save lives. You can become certified in mental health first aid on the South Coast.

Leticia Yanez shook with anxiety as she pretended to have a panic attack. Her instructor and classmates tried to calm her down. Yanez said she actually felt anxiety even though she was just role-playing.

A South Coast biotech giant is making changes which will affect hundreds of jobs, leading to job transfers and some layoffs.

Amgen notified nearly 500 of its employees this week that they will impacted. Some workers will be reassigned to facilities in Tampa Bay, Florida, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and South San Francisco. Others will stay in Thousand Oaks, but in different capacities.

The shift is expected to be a gradual one, taking place over the next year and a half. Those impacted will be offered comprehensive benefits packages.

A state senator who represents parts of the Central and South Coasts has introduced legislation to help whales, seals, and other marine mammals which become entangled in fishing gear, or are stranded on the coastline.

SB 290 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would set up an emergency grant program to support groups authorized to help marine animals in trouble.

Jackson says there was a record 6,000 entangled, and stranded animals in 2015 and 2016 along the California coastline which were rescued.

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