University of Southern Indiana
2017 VA Mental Health Summit

2017 Mental Health Summit

NEW LOCATION - Carter Hall, University Center West, University of Southern Indiana

USI is always improving our campus for our students and community.  Because of construction in our Health Professions Building, we are moving this year's event to Carter Hall in our University Center-West building.  Signs will be posted on campus to re-direct anyone who wants to attend this year's VA Mental Health Summit.

Campus map with parking information

Carter Hall, University Center - West Map

The University Center (UC) is easily distinguished by the "cone" that serves as a focal point for our university.  Parking is available in Lot C of the UC with entrances at our theatre building, or in the upper Lot N and lower Lot I next to the physical plant.  Space in these lots are limited and used on a first come, first served basis.  Handicapped spaces are available in Lots C and N.

Carter Hall (blue box on map) will serve as the location for the Mental Health Summit and Resource Fair. 

The summit, an initiative to connect Veterans’ mental health caregivers with community partners, is being hosted by the Evansville VA Health Care Center.

Online Registration Link Closed.  Walk-in's accepted the day of the event and will be open at 7:30 a.m. on July 18th.  Walk-in registrations may not receive the lunch option and is subject to availability.

2017 Mental Health Summit & Workshop Agenda
7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast / Registration & Resource Fair
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome
8:15 - 9:00 Access to VA & Community Mental Health Services
9:00 - 9:30 Suicide Prevention in the Veteran Population
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:15 Opioid Epidemic
10:15 - 10:45 Family Support & Services
10:45 - 12:00 Panel Discussion with the Veteran & Service Member
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch & Resource Fair
1:00 - 2:30 Dr. Craig Bryan - "Crisis Response Planning for Suicidal Patients"
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:15 AnnaBelle Bryan - "Military Sexual Trauma"
4:15 - 4:30 Closing Remarks
For Programming Questions and Assistance, Please Contact Nikki Presley, Department of Veterans Affairs at 812-474-3570 or
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP - Executive Director, National Center for Veteran Studies
AnnaBelle O. Bryan, MS - Director of Education and Outreach - National Center for Veteran Studies
(Limited to the Afternoon Session Only - Two (2) Awarded upon completion)
FREE Breakfast and Lunch

VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS: (Scan Over Icons to Reach Sponsors Homepage)

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University of Southern Indiana Hosts VA Mental Health Summit
By Williams Martinez, Public Affairs Specialist

“The best thing we can do for our returning Veterans is to welcome them home with an educated and collaborative community of family, friends and professionals,” says Local Recovery Coordinator Nikki Presley.  To continue moving in this direction, the Marion VA and Evansville Health Care Center are collaborating with the University of Southern Indiana to host a Mental Health Summit and Workshop. 

“Most military Veterans and their dependents utilize at least some healthcare services outside of the Veterans Administration, so it is critically important that the VA and community providers collaborate,” said Joel Matherly, Manager of the Veteran, Military & Family Resource Center at USI. “Our goal is to provide Veteran-centered, recovery-oriented care, especially in the area of mental health.”

The Mental Health Summit will be from 8 a.m. to noon and will include a resource fair for Veterans at the USI location.

The Mental Health Summit will be from 8 a.m. to noon and will include a resource fair for Veterans at the USI location, along with presentations by Veterans on mental health recovery, women’s recovery, and employment and education.

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