VA to host mental health summit in Smyrna

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VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) mental health officials will host the sixth annual Community Mental Health/Homeless Summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 at the Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway.

The aim of the annual Community Mental Health/Homeless Summit is to bring together key community stakeholders with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental health needs of Veterans and their family members in Middle Tennessee.

"None of us can do this alone," said Dr. John Jackson, TVHS Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health. "We can make a much bigger impact as a team. This event allows us to meet with our community partners to discuss issues and share ideas."

The theme of this year's event is Breaking Down Barriers in Access to Mental Health Care for Veterans and Families: A Community Perspective. The event is free and open to all Veterans. To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/MHSummit.

TVHS is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville Campus, as well as more than a dozen community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.

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