August 18, 2017

Battlemind to Home educates, informs about needs of veterans and their families

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 200 community leaders, behavioral health providers and community members are expected to gather at the upcoming Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit, which aims to help improve knowledge about military and veteran families and connect systems that support them.

Held in partnership with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, the Indiana National Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the event attracts participants from 100 organizations from across Indiana and the region. This year it will be held Sept. 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis. Sessions will focus on topics such as family reunification, mental and physical health and building supportive communities.

Time is running out to register for this educationally-rich experience, and space is limited. Attendees receive breakfast, lunch, all symposium materials and continuing education credits (CEUs) for their participation.

“We know from participant feedback that Battlemind to Home builds knowledge and creates relationships among communities that work with veterans and their families,” said Christy Collette, MFRI Outreach Specialist. “This year’s program will continue to be focused on expanding knowledge and increasing supports, so that our communities are strong and vibrant places where veterans can thrive.”

Battlemind helps participants become more aware of veterans’ needs, while motivating them to make changes to serve them better.

This is the eighth offering of Battlemind. The event has developed a strong reputation for helping community partners gain greater appreciation and understanding of the challenges facing returning combat veterans and their families. Community interest in joint collaborations for further enhancing care for veterans has spiked from the awareness raised in the past seven offerings of the symposium. Thanks to the generous support of community-minded organizations, the registration fee for this year’s event is $50 per attendee.

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Registration for Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit is limited. For more information, contact MFRI Outreach Specialist Christy Collette at flynn14@purdue.edu

Contact: Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, 765-496-3403, lhughesk@purdue.edu 

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