VA center in IM to host Mental Health Summit at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will host its sixth annual Mental Health Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Fornetti Hall at Bay College West, 2801 N. U.S.2 in north Iron Mountain.

The event will be 9 a.m. to noon, and is open to local government human services, community mental health agencies, hospitals, veterans and their families, and any other interested organizations or individuals.

The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to bring together these key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing the mental health and well-being of veterans and their families

“We are building bridges with community partners to serve those who served us,” said Amy Fowler, this year’s summit coordinator.

Topics at this year’s Mental Health Summit include suicide prevention, access to mental health care, eliminating mental health stigma, the Veterans Administration’s new Whole Health Program and health care designed for women veterans.

“We have found these Mental Health Summits to be beneficial in addressing the mental health needs of our veterans, especially in our rural patient areas,” said Jim Rice, director for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“We cannot do it alone, especially in tackling the VA’s top clinical priority, suicide prevention,” Rice added.

For more information or to register for the summit, contact Amy Fowler at Amy.Fowler1@va.gov or 906-774-3300, ext. 32742.

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