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Southern AZ VA hosts mental health summit

Southern AZ VA hosts mental health summit

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System held its 2nd annual Mental Health Summit on Wednesday. (Source: Tucson News Now) The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System held its 2nd annual Mental Health Summit on Wednesday. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System held its 2nd annual Mental Health Summit on Wednesday.

Organizers said the purpose of the summit is to enhance mental health for military veterans and their families.

This year, Tucson mental health care providers took part in the summit to see how they can better treat military veterans who may be suffering from a number of issues including depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Medical experts said these illnesses could lead to suicidal thoughts if left untreated.

Southern Arizona VA Health Medical Center Chief, Dr. Timothy Mueller, said talking with someone who may be experiencing emotions that may have them thinking about suicide could help that person out tremendously.

“The main thing a family member could do is openly discuss those topics with the family,” Mueller said. “Talking about suicide does not make a person commit suicide. It actually does quite the opposite. It opens up the topic and is a good preventative step for their own self injury.”

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

Additionally, here are a few resources available for anyone else in Southern Arizona who might need help:

www.namisa.org

http://www.crisisnetwork.org/crnsa/

Authorities say in an emergency, call 911 for help.

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