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G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center


G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center to Hold Mental Health Awareness Event

May 21, 2019

G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center to Hold Mental Health Awareness Event

JACKSON, Mississippi—May is Mental Health Awareness Month and VA is committed to empowering and equipping Veterans with the care and resources they need.  Mental health problems can cause changes in feelings, thinking, behavior, and physical activity. 

Along with the delivery of quality and effective treatment for mental health the VA also strives to provide the best mental healthcare possible by focusing on research and recovery.  VA offers a wide range of mental health services, including Suicide Prevention, Trauma Recovery Program, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery, and evidence-based programs. In fact, VA is the largest single provider of mental health care in the country. 

On May 22, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center will hold a Mental Health Awareness Event to showcase some of the services available to Veterans.  “Our goal is to educate Veterans, family members, and the community about the services available,” said Dr. David Walker, Medical Center Director. “The health and well-being of our Veterans is our highest priority.”

Veterans, family members, and care providers can initiate a free and confidential conversation with an experienced and caring VA responder by calling the Veterans Crisis Line. If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a Veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat to get support anonymously. A text message can also be sent to 838255 to connect to a VA responder. These resources can be used even if a Veteran is not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Veteran suicide is preventable, and suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Thank you for helping to prevent and end Veteran suicide.

Media interested in attending should contact susan.varcie@va.gov or call 601-368-4477.

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