VA, community come together for mental health summit Aug. 24 - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

 

VA, community come together for mental health summit Aug. 24

August 18, 2017

Mental health care and community partnership on behalf of Veterans take center stage during an annual event at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center gathering VA employees and members of the community Thursday, Aug. 24.

The Community Mental Health Summit for 2017 draws participants from the VA, Augusta Warrior Project, Richmond County Health Department, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, United Way and Augusta University School of Nursing.  Much of the VA mental health team, including social workers and others, will also be on hand for the event.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Uptown campus of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904. Signs will direct participants to room 3B111.

The half-day summit includes presentations on mental health care access, presentations by community partners, suicide prevention, and several breakout sessions discussing how VA and the community work to serve Veterans. Highlighted presentations include discussion of VA Augusta’s Operation Reveille 2017 and “Lethal Means of reduction for Suicide prevention.” Breakout sessions will talk about smoking cessation, secure messaging, a family/caregiver forum and the VA community mental health resource fair.

“We want to bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental healthcare needs of Veterans and their family members residing in the Central Savannah River Area,” said Dr. Yekeen Aderibigbe, mental health service line chief.

The summit will also address issues with homelessness and will include a family/caregiver forum. The VA hospital’s chief doctor said events like this matter for the VA and the community.

For more information or to RSVP to the event, call Dilia Castro at 706-733-0188, press 1, and ext. 6358.