On Aug 5, 2019 I attended the yearly Mental Health Summit put on by the VA. The speakers were good and the information very targeted. It is always clear in this conference that the VA has spent significant effort, time and money to address suicide and suicide prevention. However, it is important for us to understand that the majority of Veterans do not use VA services. And as a result, this clinical problem falls on local resources.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP
Suicide statistics are sobering: 20 veterans suicide each day, 1,000,000 + suicide attempts per year on a national basis with 50,000 deaths. Suicide is the 8th cause of death in Minnesota. As a psychologist, I know that many suicides are not officially documented as suicides, e.g. some MVAs, medication errors, non-compliance to diet, meds or diabetes management and other circumstances that “hide” what really happened. Suicide stats are larger than they appear!
It is critical that we need to understand that local community resources (like PBYR), other non-profits, employers, police and other community partners are critical in suicide prevention efforts. The VA clearly acknowledges they can’t address this problem without assistance and partners. Veterans returning to college often have predictable adjustment problems in the academic environment and college staff needs to be educated on the range of issues that may be encountered. I encourage all to consider attending the VA Mental Health Summit workshop in 2020.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
The Minneapolis VA HCS Community Mental Health Summit is focused on mental health awareness and promoting healthy military communities. We will have speakers and discussions regarding strategies and actionable ways we can create supportive, recovery oriented organizations and connections. We welcome veterans, service members, family members, DOD partners, and representatives of local community groups to join us. Located at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Please join us Monday, August 5, at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Veterans Resource Center, for this FREE conference.
For more information, please contact Amy Wood at 612-629-7614 or email@example.com
Community Mental Health Summit Editable Flyer
What: VA Veterans Job Fair
When: November 16, 2016 – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Minneapolis VA Medical Center in the Auditorium (near the main entrance) One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Health Partners, Comcast, Liberty Diversified, US Bank, UPS, Minnesota Orchestra, General Parts Group, Mains’l, Supervalu, Mall of America, US Post Office, Enterprise Holdings, Volt Workforce Solutions, Medtronic, Voigts Bus Company, Schmitty & Sons, MN Dept. of Employment, Minneapolis VA, MN Dept. of Human Services, Allied Barton, US Customs & Border Protection
No registration required, please come prepared for a potential interview and don’t forget your resume. For additional info please see the pdf below.