Marjorie Morrison Invited as a Panelist for the 2015 Warrior Family Symposium
Our CEO, Marjorie Morrison, was recently invited to participate in the 2015 Warrior Family Symposium, "Our Nation's Military: Caring For Our Own," co-sponsored by Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Wounded Warrior Project. The event, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., promoted the collaboration of both government and nongovernment organizations to actively improve the overall mental wellness of the United States' servicemembers, veterans, and their families.
Morrison was invited to participate as a panelist on the "Transitioning Nation: Our Response to Mental Wellness" discussion as a result of her background as a civilian mental health provider and her dedication to educating civilians to work effectively with the military and veteran communities. The other panelists included Donald Cook, Senior Vice President of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Families and Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University; Kayla Williams, Project Associate of the Rand Corporation; as well as Jerry Sullivan, Psy.D., General Manager of Medicare and Federal Channels and Government Programs for Optum Behavioral Health Solutions.
The panel addressed the need for our nation can work together to meet the mental health care needs of our military and their families. "We have an opportunity in this country to change the discussion about mental health," said Sullivan.
"Those who are thinking of suicide usually tell someone," said Morrison, "but those people don't always know where to seek help. One of PsychArmor's recent initiatives involves working with the Department of Veteran Affairs and others to provide an outlet for those in the civilian community to get information when they need to know how to help troubled veterans."
View the entire panel discussion as well as other coverage of the event here.