VA North Texas Health Care System
VA North Texas Announces "Planting Seeds of Change" Mental Health Service Open House May 7
May 6, 2014
VA North Texas Health Care System is proud to announce the "Planting Seeds of Change" mental health service open house on May 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the atrium at Dallas VA Medical Center, 4500 South Lancaster Road. The goal of this event is to bring awareness to the North Texas Veteran population about the many programs available through VA mental health service. Meeting the mental health needs of Veterans and their families is among the highest priorities for VA North Texas.
Hosting an open house event was the idea of the mental health cultural transformation workgroup which includes mental health clinicians, Veteran stakeholders and representatives from the Mental Health Veteran Advocacy Council. They identified a need for greater trust and transparency among Veterans and VA staff. The open house will be an opportunity for sharing knowledge within the workforce, current Veteran patients and their families as well as potential Veteran patients to learn what mental health services and programs are available.
"Many times it is the family member of a Veteran that reaches out for help first. They recognize the Veteran in their home is not acting as they normally do or maybe something agitates them for no apparent reason," explained Dr. Pushpi Chaudhary, MD, Chief, Mental Health Service. VA North Texas provides programs for suicide prevention, homeless, addiction therapy, Veterans Justice Outreach, domiciliary, transitional work experience, psychosocial rehabilitation as well as PTSD and military sexual trauma. "Our staff is very engaged with ensuring we showcase the many programs available to our Veteran patients that can improve their quality of life, especially for the newest generation of combat troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan," Pushpi said. Veterans, their families and facility staff are invited. Providers and resource information will be available to answer questions about mental health needs.
The open house included an opening ceremony, informational program booths, healthy lunch, and entertainment by the Veterans Recovery Center Basement Band.
VA North Texas Health Care System Director Jeff Milligan said, "The majority of returning service members and their families are resilient to the stresses of war and successfully readjust to life after deployment. But for Veterans who need additional assistance, no matter what era of service, events like the mental health open house helps inform them about the VA services they have earned and deserve."
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VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 115,000 patients each year,
delivering more than 1.4 million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties
and two counties in southern Oklahoma.