YOU ARE INVITED
The Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma
&
The N.J. Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
PTSD Task Force

"Life Doesn't Have to be a Battlefield"

Free Training Initiative on

Veterans Mental Health Issues

Next Training Session to Be Held on:

October 30, 2008
Registration 8-8:30am  Program 8:30am—4:30pm

Somers Point VFW
500 Bethel Road—Somers Point, NJ

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Please RSVP to: Troi.Bethea@dhs.state.nj.us 

by October 27, 2008


name, agency/affiliation and contact information
RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited to the first 75 respondents.
If you have any questions, please contact Stigma Council Executive Director
Celina Gray at:  Celina.Gray@dhs.state.nj.us


The Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma is launching a campaign, “Life Doesn’t Have to Be a Battlefield – Don’t Let Stigma Stand in Your Way.”  Part of this effort is a training initiative to provide key information about the special needs of Veterans as they pertain to mental health and Veterans benefits.


As you all know, the crisis of mental health care for Veterans is at a tipping point.  In addition to the existing unaddressed mental health issues and retraumatization of Vietnam Veterans, we will soon be facing the return of troops from the largest deployment in the history of this state.  This will also impact Veterans families. 

Your participation in this training will be pivotal for ensuring that Veterans mental health needs are met.  Your expertise will help us engage in a collaboration that will strengthen our collective ability to serve the mental health needs of New Jersey Veterans. 


The group offering the training – The Center for Posttraumatic Studies – brings together 3 established professionals with over 75 years of experience between them in dealing with veterans and their families.  You will be getting information and resources from a group whose knowledge of NJ Veterans affairs is extraordinary and comprehensive in both scope and understanding.


The training agenda will be focused on PTSD, TBI, and Benefits as they pertain to Veterans and their families.  We believe that because of your dedication and commitment, and the challenges faced in meeting the mental health needs of Veterans, you will find this presentation to be timely, interesting and beneficial.  Mental health stigma plays a major role in these challenges and so your attendance will help us to make a significant impact on this issue.


Your attendance will of course be documented for your records, and you will be provided with follow-up contact information and resources to support your efforts.  If you are unable to attend this training, please contact us and we provide information about future training opportunities.


Thank you so much for your consideration.

 
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