Veterans' well-being the subject of 2nd annual community summit - Tucson News Now

Veterans' well-being the subject of 2nd annual community summit

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The second annual Tucson Community Mental Health Summit is kicking off at 8:30 a.m. today.  The event is focusing on the well-being of veterans and their family members. More than 100 people are expected to attend the summit. 

At least eight community agencies are expected to be here to brainstorm ways to help veterans when it comes to their mental health. 

According to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care system treats on average 17,000 mental health care patients a year.  Officials say the most common issues veterans face include post traumatic stress disorder, depression and alcoholism. 

The purpose of this summit is to get community groups to collaborate with the VA in finding ways to keep veterans mentally healthy.  Some deal with the stresses of coming back from war; some have a hard time adjusting to the civilian world after getting out of the military.  

What should veterans do who need help?  The VA offers a Veteran's Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255 - press one.  The line is open 24/7, 365 days a year. 

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