Community Mental Health Summit Strengthens Services for Veterans - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Community Mental Health Summit Strengthens Services for Veterans

August 20, 2013

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338
Fax: (716) 862-8755
E-mail: Evangeline.Conley@va.gov

Community Mental Health Summit Strengthens Services for Veterans

VA Western New York Healthcare System will host a community mental health summit at VA Western New York Healthcare System, Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event takes place in Freedom Hall, room 301 at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue.

VA health care, government, community providers and service organizations will come together to learn about VA services and community programs that assist Veterans and their families with mental health support. One goal at the end of the summit will be to develop a resource directory of community services.

The majority of returning service members and their families are resilient to the stresses of war and successfully readjust to life after deployment. For those who need additional assistance, communities coming together creating awareness of public and private services in forums such as this can help.

“We are very fortunate in Western New York to have partnerships that assist Veterans and their families,” stated Katherine Smythe, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Program Manager. “This summit reinforces the successful collaborations we have. We want to make sure
Veterans and community partners know how to access VA and other support services. Veterans are part of our community and providers should have the tools to help them.”

Some of the services to be presented are Vet Center, women Veterans health, suicide prevention, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn and more. For more information, please call (716) 862-7344.