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Bay Pines VAHCS to Host Mental Health Recovery Symposium

June 10, 2014

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BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a mental health recovery symposium, titled "Stomp on Stigma: Recovery Thrives," on Friday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.

The purpose of the symposium is to illustrate and showcase Veteran stories of recovery through the use of the healthcare system’s various mental health programs available through its Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. The event will also highlight recovery oriented programs and support available to Veterans and families.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase our recovery focus of treatment – a personal journey that highlights strengths and abilities, provides hope and empowerment and helps the Veterans achieve personal goals and manage their condition in the community of their choosing," said Alfonso Carreno, M.D., Chief, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service.

"Recovery from mental illness is a dynamic process triggered by an individual’s goals, energized by hope, supported by resources, facilitated by family and friends, and achieved through personal determination. This symposium will celebrate the recovery journeys of Veterans with their personal stories and a musical performance from the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers (PRRC) Band," he said.

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Media interested in covering the event are encouraged to contact Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS at 727-398-9531 or email jason.dangel@va.gov.

To learn more about mental health programs and services, please download a copy of VA’s Guide to VA Mental Health Services at www.mentalhealth.va.gov or visit www.baypines.va.gov.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.