USI Mental Health Summit to address needs of military responders and families

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The USI Mental Health Summit will address the unique mental health needs of military service responders and their families. (Photo courtesy USI)

During the 2019 Mental Health Summit at the University of Southern Indiana, local healthcare professionals and caregivers are invited to engage in a dialogue on how to best address the unique mental health needs of military service responders and their families.

The summit is scheduled for Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., in University Center West at the University of Southern Indiana.

“The Mental Health Summit is an annual event that in the past has solely focused on the care of active duty service members and veterans,” said Joel Matherly, manager of the Veteran, Military & Family Resource Center at USI. “This year we have expanded our focus to also include how to care for first responders.”

Guest speakers will include representatives from Help for Heroes, a national program designed to meet the recovery needs of military service members and first responders dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues brought on by on-duty challenges including combat stress; repeated exposure to traumatic events; grief and loss; and family separation.

Speakers will address treatment of active duty service members, veterans and first responders who have experienced complex trauma and PTSD.

Topics include the challenges of losing a client to suicide, the impact of loss on professional practice, and vicarious trauma and resiliency.

During the summit, agencies and community organizations providing services to first responders and military service members are invited to participate in a resource fair.

For more information about the summit, click here.

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(This story was originally published on July 23, 2019)

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