Asheville’s Charles George VA Medical Center hosts Aug. 9 mental health summit

Press release

Charles George VA Medical Center Hosting Mental Health Summit

CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. – Health care providers and community stake holders from across Western North Carolina will gather at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville on Friday, August 9 to discuss the mental health needs of Veterans and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes that meeting the needs of Veterans and their families requires enhanced collaboration and involvement with the community and other state and federal agencies.

The summit will have two main objectives. Attendees will identify strategies to enhance communications, access, and continuity of care between the Charles George VAMC and community organizations which serve Veterans in Western North Carolina. They will also discuss Veteran specific issues and barriers to care within the VA and the community to ensure Veterans receive the best health care possible.

The summit will begin with speakers introducing major issues facing Veterans and the programs VA now has in place to deal with them. The second half of the summit will have participants breaking off into small groups to discuss issues, solutions, and greater collaboration.
The summit coincides with other VA Mental Health Summits taking place across the country through August and September as part of a national push to raise mental health awareness and provide the best possible health care to Veterans.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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