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Social Service Coordinator Penelope Cook of the Verde View Senior Apartments knows first-hand how common the problem can be - - as well as what to do about it - - after attending a Mental Health First Aid class. (Photo by Tom Tracey)

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'It's like CPR for the mentally ill'

Free Mental Health First Aid class Sept. 16 in Camp Verde

VERDE VALLEY - "Just as we would not walk by someone having a heart attack if we know CPR, we should not walk away from someone exhibiting signs of emotional distress," says Barbara Litrell, president, Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley.