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Learn How Crises Impact Mental Health


The Pacific Communities Health District Foundation Women’s Giving Circle invites all to a virtual presentation on the impact that crises can have on mental health.

Petra Zdenkova, PsyD will present the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety as they relate to our current crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and struggles for social justice. Dr. Zdenkova will help navigate how to determine when those signs and symptoms are serious enough to seek professional intervention, and provide suggestions for managing nonclinical depression and anxiety.

The event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Join online or call 971-254-1254 and reference meeting ID 201 862 898#.

Dr. Zdenkova is a primary care psychologist at Samaritan Family Medicine – Geary Street in Albany and Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Corvallis. She provides behavioral health counseling and support for primary care patients of all ages and OB/GYN patients, specializing in short-term treatment and utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. She believes strongly in providing holistic, strength-based care. Her clinical interests include women’s health and maternity mental health, trauma-informed care, grief, anxiety and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Zdenkova earned her doctorate in psychology from Adler University and completed her residency at Kaiser Permanente. She received additional training from the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic.

Following Dr. Zdenkova’s presentation, the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle will provide an update on 2020-supported projects, including an infant car seat program for at-risk families and medical equipment for the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Birthing Center in Newport.

The mission of the Women’s Giving Circle is to support women and children within the context of health care provided by Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle and how you can join, visit the foundation or email Karla Clem.