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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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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A new study of a 2016 Central Coast wildfire reveals that a group of firefighters were in peril when a flare-up occurred.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faced a tough, boisterous crowd at a town hall in Columbia, South Carolina today.

The public meeting came the day after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "The process was not what I wanted it to be," he said, adding that he thinks Obamacare is a disaster and is going to collapse. And he doesn't think one party is going to be able to fix it alone.

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to West Virginia Saturday where he met with small business owners before delivering public remarks, which included some lines about repealing Barack Obama's health care law, a day after Republicans efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act went down in flames.

"West Virginia and President Trump, we all know the truth about this failed law, that every day Obamacare survives is another day that America suffers," Pence told a crowd gathered at a Charleston construction supply company.

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