The Lexington VA Medical Center held its third annual Mental Health Summit on Sept. 25, 2015. The daylong event brought together VA staff and community partners to discuss the mental health needs and available services for Kentucky Veterans. There were more than 120 attendees who learned from Veterans sharing their personal experiences, participated in breakout sessions and toured a resource room filled with information about both community and VA resources.

Summit participants were welcomed by Lexington VAMC’s chief of staff Patricia Breeden, MD, Mental Health Services provider Kevin Pernicano, PhD, ABPP and Assistance chief Autum McCane, PhD. Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Heather French Henry, also welcomed summit guests. A spotlight lit up the auditorium stage to illustrate this year’s Summit theme, Serving Those Who Served, and several people, including Veterans, family members, and providers, came to the stage to share their “I am….” stories. Centered’s Lauren Higdon, LMT, CYT, stated, “I especially loved the personal testimonials at the beginning of the day as they invited a more relevant, intimate and connected experience for the day.”

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