VA Western New York Healthcare System
Warriors Fight for Life
August 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
Cell: (716) 512-9338
VA Western New York Healthcare System will host a community mental health summit for health care providers Thursday, September 7, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The event takes place in Freedom Hall, Room 301 at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, New York. This year’s theme is “Warriors Fight for Life – Department of Veterans Affairs Responds to the Opioid Epidemic.” Bradford Merserseau, MD, Chief of Primary Care Medicine at VA Western New York Healthcare System will provide remarks on the topic “Chronic Pain Management in a VA Primary Care Setting: The Rational Use of Opioids.”
VA health care, government, community providers and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) will come together to learn about VA services and other community programs that assist Veterans and their families with mental health support.
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 can work together to create greater awareness of public and private services. Mental health forums and alliances like this summit will better inform providers about local mental health capabilities, helping Veterans and their families as they seek treatment.The panel present will include experts in fields regarding tobacco use, substance use, suicide prevention, pain management, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and peer support in the hopes of better aiding our Veterans. Light refreshments and music will be made available and open to all participants. For more information about this summit, please call Donna Sherman at (716) 862-7463, or email her at Donna.Sherman@va.gov.