SAN DIEGO – Suicide and addiction rates are  critically high in military and veteran populations.  To help address this problem, PsychArmor Institute will hold a day of action, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 7.  This convening  brings together thought leaders from government, academia and the private sector at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Science to discuss solutions to this growing trend. This free event is limited to 200 individuals.

Entitled “Helping Others Hold On,” the collaboration brings together recognized experts from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), PsychArmor Institute, and the Kennedy Forum to raise awareness of available tools and resources.

“This convening is intended to provide veterans and their support systems with the tools to proactively foster mental and emotional resiliency when faced with addiction and suicide,” said PsychArmor CEO, Marjorie Morrison.

The day begins with a welcome from Morrison, as well as former Congressman and mental health advocate, Patrick Kennedy, Matt Collier of the VA Center for Strategic Partnership, and Annabelle Bryan from the University of Utah.

In addition, the day-long event will feature three panel discussions: “Building Resilience in our Communities,” moderated by Dr. Meg Harrell of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, “How to Respond,” moderated by Terri Tanielian of the Rand Corporation, and “Supporting Recovery,” moderated by Melissa Fitzgerald of Justice for Vets. The day ends with breakout sessions and closing statements.

“This seminal event is designed to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration between private industry, the federal government, scientists, clinicians, volunteers, caregivers, military service members and veterans,” Morrison said.

While attendance at the day of action is free, there are only 200 seats available. Those wishing to attend should visit https://psycharmor.org/convening2017/ and click the RSVP button.

About PsychArmor Institute

PsychArmor Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit providing free education and support to all Americans who work, live, or care for military veterans and their families. PAI recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver online courses on issues related to veterans and their families. In addition, our “Helping you Help Veterans” support line provides continual assistance and vetted resources to civilians, ensuring they are armed with the tools needed to effectively assist military veterans and their families. For more information about PsychArmor, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@PsychArmor), or visit PsychArmor.org.