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RELEASE: Lebanon VAMC partners with NAMI York to bring mental health educational programs to Veterans and community in Lebanon

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Lebanon VAMC partners with NAMI York to bring mental health educational programs to Veterans and community in Lebanon

 

For Immediate Release – Feb. 8, 2018

LEBANON, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Health York County (NAMI York) to offer NAMI Homefront and NAMI Family-to-Family education programs to Veterans and the community during the spring of 2018 at Lebanon VAMC, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave.

“Taking care of our Veterans and their family isn’t just a VA thing. Taking care of our Veterans requires community support and partnerships,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “We welcome the partnership with organizations like NAMI to help reach our Veterans and their families with important educational and wrap-around support for families.”

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and Veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions. The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. The program is scheduled to begin March 6 and will be held Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of Veteran and civilian adults living with mental illness The program is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. The program is scheduled to begin March 1 and will be held Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for both courses by Feb. 20 and can be accomplished by contacting Jonathan Hart at 717-272-6621, ext. 5005. VA health care enrollment is not necessary for family members, friends and/or significant others to participate in these educational programs.

Lebanon VA Medical Center is one of 170 medical centers in the nation with the sole purpose of providing world-class medical care to America’s Veterans. Lebanon VAMC serves a nine county area in South Central Pennsylvania covering Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York counties. Lebanon VAMC also currently oversees community clinics located in Camp Hill, Lancaster, Pottsville, Wyomissing, York and Fort Indiantown Gap. If you are a Veteran, you may be eligible to receive care and benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more, call 717-228-6000.

For more information about the Lebanon VA Medical Center, visit www.lebanon.va.gov, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VALebanon, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VALebanon.

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