2017 VA Community Mental Health Summit: Whole Health Approach to Suicide Pr...

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Family Readiness Group Center

236 Interceptor Road

Pope Field, NC 28308

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**RSVP by September 6, 2017**

**This event is accredited for CE's by: ACCME, ANCC, APA, ASWB/NYSED, NBCC**


Fayetteville VA Medical Center will host a Community Mental Health Summit to enhance mental health care for Veterans and their family members through collaboration between VA and community mental health providers and services. The Fayetteville VAMC recognizes that meeting the needs of Veterans and their families requires collaboration and partnership between other federal agencies, and local communities. The central goals of the Community Mental Health Summit are to identify existing resources and services, acknowledge strong practices, recognize gaps and challenges in meeting the mental healthcare needs of our Veterans and families, and begin conversations on how to bridge these gaps.


Fayetteville and surrounding areas mental health providers, Veteran Service Organization and community partners, faith-based community stakeholders, state policy makers, and government officials. Veterans and families also welcome to attend.


15 SEPT 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Family Readiness Group Center (FRG Center)

236 Interceptor Rd.

Pope Field, NC

**All registered attendees may bypass the Visitor’s Center and enter Ft. Bragg directly through Randolph Gate with state-issued ID. Registrants will receive detailed driving directions from Randolph Gate to FRG Center.**


Sita Chandana Kanithi, Psy.D., email: or call (910) 488-2120 Ext. 7396

William Castillo, email: or call (910) 488-2120 Ext. 5828.


In Fall 2013, all VA health care systems nationwide conducted the first of what are now annual, locally-driven Mental Health Summits to further engage with local community partners and nurture community engagement to address the broad mental health needs of Veterans and their families. Staff from community services boards, private-practice mental health providers, advocacy organization representatives and others participated in the summits, discussing a variety of topics such as suicide prevention, women veterans’ mental health, family issues, rural mental health and legal issues.

For more information on VA Mental Health Program, visit is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Click Here to learn the Five Signs and help Change the Direction and Stigma of Mental Health.

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Media interested in attending the Community Mental Health Summit, should contact Jeff Melvin of the Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Office at by 3 p.m. the day before the event or by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or (910) 354-7724.

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