Summit held at USI to shed light on veterans mental health

Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 at 4:36 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Veteran mental health was at the forefront of a summit held Tuesday in Evansville.

The Department of Veterans Affairs planned the mental health summit held at USI. Several speakers at the summit focused on bringing awareness to veteran suicide rates.

According to psychologists at the summit, one of the most important focal points is transition of care from active duty to civilian life. This can often be a hard time on soldiers and many turn to drugs and alcohol.

"We see a lot of times when someone is not in care, we see them start to self medicate, they drink a lil bit cause they can't sleep, they isolate themselves cause they don't wanna get out, depressive symptoms anxiety, we just want people to know there is help out there for our veterans," explains Dale Horaz, with the VA Medical Center Marion Illinois.

Statistics show that 20 veterans a day commit suicide, which is down from previous years of 22.

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