VA NY Harbor Health Care System
VA Mental Health Summit 2019
Changing the question from “What’s the matter?” to “What matters most to you?” is the core of how VA views the concept of Whole Health. Nationally, VA is bringing emphasis to mind-body benefits from such variables as nutrition, exercise, healthy behaviors, complementary and alternative approaches…. These components of health and will being were highlighted in the key note presentation “Changing the Conversation: The VA’s Whole Health Transformation,” by Lauren Byma, MMT, MT-BC, Resilience & Wellness Center, Whole Health James J. Peters VA Medical Center.
Describing how the VA’s Whole Health initiative focuses on life goals can improve health care especially for older Veterans. Whole health and developing personalized health care plans for Veterans of all eras was among major topics discussed at the 7th Annual Mental Health Summit. This year, the Summit was held for the first time at VA Brooklyn.
Other subjects discussed Tele-Health: The Future of Mental Health Delivery, by Jessica Brooks, PhD; Neurobiology of Mindfulness, George Cuesta Phd; Intimate Partner Violence, Maritza Rodriquez LCSW, Couples Therapy Using PAIRS, Pio Cabada LCSW and Richard McKee LCSW; Moral Injury , Chaplains John Hall and Aron Jacohsohn; Relationship Between Substance Use and Loneliness Among Older Veterans, Jordan Hua LCSW; Transcendental Meditation,Adam Freidman and Harry Martinian, David Lynch Foundation; Suicide Prevention, Sarah Hopkins LCSW.
John Tatarakis, PMHCNS/NP-BC, Local Recovery Coordinator, expressed his appreciation to the large number of community mental health and VA providers who attended the conference, noting that this was an exciting opportunity for professionals who work in the field providing services to Veterans to update themselves and share experiences with others who share values and goals. Several Veterans with specific interests in tele-health delivery were able to talk one-on-one with providers. The VA New York Harbor Mental Health Summit was co-sponsored with Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC, NAMI-NYC Metro and the David Lynch Foundation.