Summary: In this presentation, Beth will discuss an overview of mental health and common diagnosis, how to help someone who is suicidal and how to support employees in a mental health crisis.
Speaker: Beth Atkins, Horizons Mental Health Center
Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Kansas State University and then went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. She has worked at Horizons Mental Health Center since 1989. Beth started out as the Department Head for the Community Services department, working with adults who have severe and persistent mental illnesses. In 2014 she became the Department Head for Clinical Integration, which at times has included oversight of services at the Reno County Correctional Facility, Hutchinson High School, PrairieStar Health Clinic and The Hutchinson Clinic. In 2016, Prevention, Education and Outreach was added to the department. Beth currently provides Behavioral Health Consultations at The Hutchinson Clinic and is a trainer for Mandt (a program that uses a continuous learning and development approach to prevent, de-escalate, and if necessary, intervene in behavioral interactions that could become aggressive), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), SuicideTALK, as well as Mental Health First Aid (Youth, Adult and Fire/EMS modules).