More than 200 community leaders, behavioral health providers and community members are expected to gather at the upcoming Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit, which aims to help improve knowledge about military and veteran families and connect systems that best support them.
Held in partnership with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, the Indiana National Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the event attracts participants from 100 organizations from across the state and region. This year it will be held Sept. 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis with sessions that focus on topics such as family reunification, mental and physical health and building supportive communities.
Time is running out to register for this educationally-rich experience, and space is limited, so register soon. Attendees receive breakfast, lunch, all symposium materials, and continuing education credits (CEUs) for their participation.
“We know from participant feedback that Battlemind to Home builds knowledge and creates relationships among communities that work with veterans and their families,” said Christy Collette, Outreach Specialist for MFRI. “This year’s program will continue to be focused on expanding knowledge and increasing supports, so that our communities are strong and vibrant places where veterans can thrive.”
Battlemind helps participants become more aware of veterans’ needs, while motivating them to make changes to serve them better.
“I have become more aware of our society's past and current failures to meet the needs of veterans whose lives are so disrupted by PTSD, and I have been challenged to consider being an advocate to help overcome these,” said one 2016 Battlemind attendee. “I have a personal and professional responsibility to know where services exist and how one can access them; and I should do everything I can to inform veterans within my sphere of influence of the services they may need.”
Another attendee said the event was “interesting and sobering, with great application to my work.”
This is the eighth offering of Battlemind, and the event has wwweloped a strong reputation for helping community partners gain greater appreciation and understanding of the challenges facing returning combat veterans and their families. Community interest in joint collaborations for further enhancing care for veterans has spiked from the awareness raised in the past seven offerings of the symposium.
Thanks to the generous support of community-minded organizations, we are able to offer the registration fee for this year’s event to $50 per attendee.
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Registration for Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit is limited, so sign up soon. If you have any questions, please contact: MFRI Outreach Specialist Christy Collette at firstname.lastname@example.org.