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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting its sixth annual Mental Health Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bay College West Campus located at 2801 North US Highway 2 in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Local government human services, community mental health agencies, hospitals, Veterans and their families and any other interested organizations or individuals are invited to participate.

The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to bring together these key stakeholders in the community, including Veterans and their families, with the goal of enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of Veterans and their families

“We are building bridges to serve those who served us,” Amy Fowler, this year’s summit coordinator, said.

Topics at this year’s Mental Health Summit include suicide prevention, access to mental health care, eliminating mental health stigma, VA’s new Whole Health Program and women Veterans health care.

“We have found these Mental Health Summits to be beneficial in addressing the mental health needs of our Veterans, especially in our rural patient areas,” Medical Center Director Jim Rice said.

Rice added, “We cannot do it alone, especially in tackling the VA’s top clinical priority, suicide prevention.”

For more information or to register for the Mental Health Summit please contact Amy Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑774‑3300 extension, 32742.

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