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Feb 6, 2012 11:32 PM by Heath Heggem (Great Falls)

Center for Mental Health encourages students

Leaders from the Center For Mental Health in Great Falls spent time on Monday talking with high school students about some of the career opportunities available and the education required to obtain the various mental health jobs.

CEO Sydney Blair says one of the most pressing needs in Montana is for more psychiatrists.

Blair noted, "If you go out to California or New York there's not a shortage of psychiatrists, it's within these remote areas or rural areas. So recruiting psychiatrists and getting them to want to come back to these smaller frontier areas is really a challenge."

Student Melissa Morgan said, "This experience has opened my eyes to see, like, high school psychologist would be pretty cool. Because if you get them as freshman, you can actually fully see them grow as seniors and then, hopefully, as they get out of high school it will just get better from there."

The students were encouraged to attend planning meetings for the annual Beautiful Minds walk.

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