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Fayetteville VA mental health summit scheduled for September

Fayetteville Observer - 8/17/2019

Aug. 17--The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs will host its annual VA Community Mental Health Summit on Sept. 9, organizers said.

The summit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with sign-in starting at 8 a.m., at the Family Readiness Group Center, 236 Interceptor Road, Pope Field.

Veterans and families are welcome to attend.

Organizers said goals of the summit are to identify existing resources and services, acknowledge strong practices and recognize gaps and challenges in meeting the mental health care needs for veterans and families.

"Meeting the mental health care needs of veterans and their families is among the VA's highest priorities," said event organizer Sita Chandana Kanithi, a Fayetteville VA Medical Center mental health service line recovery coordinator. "The VA recognizes that truly veteran-centered care requires active and ongoing cooperation with the local community."

Organizers said the summit is a collaboration between mental health providers, veteran service organizations, faith-based community stakeholders, VA staff and government officials in Fayetteville and the surrounding areas.

This year's theme is "3-D Recovery: Mind, Body & Spirit."

Topics include supporting transitioning service members, serious mental illness, substance use, employment and parenting.

Subject matter experts will share tips and information on recognizing mental health warning signs and how to access resources for help.

VA and community resources will be highlighted in a resource fair.

Interactive wellness activities will include chair massages, art/music workshops and giveaways.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required and can be done online at mentalhealthsummit2019.eventbrite.com.

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