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Astria Hospital in Sunnyside launching mental health program for older patients

Astria Hospital in Sunnyside launching mental health program for older patients

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Astria Hospital in Sunnyside is bringing awareness by launching a new program that will help older patients with mental health problems.

The hospital hosted an open house Thursday and announced their new Intensive Outpatient Program.

Chief Executive Officer at Astria Hospital in Sunnyside Brian Gibbons says, the program is designed to support older patients who might be experiencing emotional difficulties or late-life depression.

“This is an opportunity to meet with people who are going through some of those same life transitions at those same places in their lives and work to kind of improve their lives. Mental health is a big part of overall health," said Gibbons.

Gibbons said although the program is aimed for older patients, all members of the family are welcomed to receive help through this program.

Program Director Pedro Fernandez said there is a huge need for psychiatric help in the Yakima Valley and many people are not aware of the resources around them.

“The valley has a big need for psychiatric services. I have some people who have been receiving treatment for 10, 15 years for emotional conditions and in all those years they have never seen a psychiatrist," said Fernandez.

Fernandez says they will focus on restoring daily functioning, increasing a person's overall sense of well-being and improving quality of life.

“Most of the therapy will be talking, discussing the problem, will be knowing learning solutions. They will listen to other patients, they will listen to the therapists, they will ventilate the issues and problems that they have," said Fernandez.

The program will offer short-term treatment options that may include group therapy, individual counseling or family therapy.

The facility and program will be open to the public on June 11.

If you want more information you can head over to the Astria Hospital website.

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