SEMINOLE –The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System plans a mental health summit titled “Working Together to Improve Veterans’ Mental Health” on Friday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the St. Petersburg College Library Conference Center in Seminole.
Due to limited conference space, event participation is by invitation only.
The purpose is to enhance positive working relationships between the Bay Pines VAHCS and community mental health agencies to better address the broad mental health care needs of veterans and their families. The summit will provide an opportunity for direct dialogue and active engagement between VA and community partners.
“This is a great opportunity for all of us to sit at the same table, to listen and learn from each other,” said Suzanne Klinker, director of Bay Pines VAHCS. “We all want the same thing – for veterans and their families to have their needs and expectations met. We know that they cannot receive the quality, coordinated services they need if we are not engaging with our community partners regularly and working together.”
The summit will feature VA mental health care presentations and “breakout” sessions intended to address specific collaborative opportunities to include veteran transportation needs, guardianship, suicide prevention and community hospital integration and more. Table displays also will be available for VA and community organizations to provide materials about available programs and services.
The Bay Pines VAHCS event is just one of the more than 100 mental health summits that were scheduled by VA medical centers across the country this summer. For a full list of VA Mental Health Summits by location, please visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.