Fifth annual Mental Health Summit provides networking for local

Fifth annual Mental Health Summit provides networking for local veterans

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In recent years, Lubbock has seen an increase in veterans with mental health issues.

Today, the fifth annual Mental Health Summit for Veterans was hosted here in Lubbock at the VA clinic.

The objective of the summit was to address those health issues and suicide prevention and also to network with the veteran community. The attendees were encouraged to have an open dialogue with local veteran organizations who work with veterans on a daily basis.

"Our top priorities in terms of mental healthcare is making sure that we are getting veterans in a timely manner," said Dr. Michael Lambert, chief of mental health services at the Amarillo VA Hospital. "In other words, access to care, access to an assessment, access to therapy and treatment. That is one thing that we are really focusing on."

Other topics that were discussed included the current and future advancements within the psychiatric sector of the VA centers in West Texas. 

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