April 1, 2009
Workshop focuses on mental health needs of military personnel
Northwest will host a workshop titled Operation Mental Health from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.
The workshop, which is designed to help the local community prepare for meeting the mental health needs of military personnel and their families, is offered free of charge, and there will be a complimentary noon luncheon. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to 660.562.7922.
Dr. Heidi Kraft will deliver the keynote presentation at about 9 a.m. Kraft holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine and has served in the U.S. Navy as a flight and clinical psychologist. She is the author of "Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital."
Other speakers scheduled for the event include:
Kathryn Crews, suicide prevention coordinator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia.
Laura Snow, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom program manager for the VA's Eastern Kansas Health Care System.
Lt. Col. Gary Gilmore, a Missouri National Guard chaplain who has served in Iraq and is currently the state chaplain for the Missouri Army National Guard in Jefferson City.
The Operation Mental Health Seminar is being sponsored by the Northwest Mental Health Task force with funding provided by St. Francis Hospital & Health Services and a federal suicide prevention grant awarded to the University Wellness Center through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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