The 3rd annual Community Mental Health Summit was held in Durham on August 27 at the Durham Arts Council. This year’s event was attended by nearly 100 community mental health providers, Veterans, and VA employees in an effort to increase collaboration between Veteran-centric entities in the area and expand resources available to Veterans in North Carolina.

Special emphasis this year was placed on addressing the needs of our state’s increasing number of aging Veterans, women’s health and domestic violence issues, caregiver support, education initiatives, and workforce transition opportunities. These respective groups strengthened existing relationships in addition to fostering new collaborations in an effort to identify gaps and develop solutions to the complex challenge of improving Veteran’s access and options to quality mental health care and support.Warren Kinghorn, MD provided an insightful presentation on the topic of moral injury and the effect that it has on many Veterans.

Breakfast and lunch were graciously provided by the Triangle Veterans Wellness Outreach Center and USA Veterans Help. TROSA also contributed greatly by providing much needed logistical support.

Next year’s event promises to be another success as partnering agencies and organizations continue to work to find solutions to the challenges facing our state’s Veteran population. If you would be interested in participating in next year’s event, please contact Evan Mallard.