GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) The annual Mental Health Summit returned to the Grand Valley this week, this time virtually and in-person. Veterans and health care professionals gathered to discuss mental health and trauma related injuries to ensure all those in need of support, have access to resources.
The goal of this Mental Health Summit was to encourage collaboration with community partners and ensure all veterans are receiving recovery-oriented care.
Throughout the pandemic, there has been an increase in efforts to ensure anyone in need of support are aware of resources that engage in their mental health recovery. “If you are suffering if you feel isolated and alone, which pain does, know you are not alone and healing can happen, but you have to take the first steps and get connected,” Dr. Jerred Endsley, Veterans Affairs Western Colorado said.
The VA and community partners tackled the added challenges COVID-19 had on veterans access to technology and other resources by expanding this years event.
The Mental Health Summit was originally organized as a virtual event spanning across six states, but in order to ensure veterans in Mesa County had access to the resources available, an in-person viewing option was added. “We wanted something local here in Grand Junction and so we set up a viewing option in effort to try and bridge that gap that individuals have with technology,” Dr. Endsley said, “COVID has isolated us and has kept us from that person to person, veteran to veteran connection.”
Veterans Crisis Line, Call:1-800-273-8255 Press 1, Text: 838255, Chat online: www.Veteranscrisisline.net
Stop in to meet a Peer Support Specialist and inquire about services: Every Wednesday at 2PM located in Western Region OneSource. 482 28 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81501, Call: 970-242-3760 https://dmva.colorado.gov/western-region-one-source
VA Western Colorado Health Care System, 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501, Call: 970-242-0731
Coaching into Care, Call: 1-888-823-7458