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Media Advisory: National Council Joins Veterans and Mental Health Leaders to Launch Mental Health First Aid for Veterans

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council for Behavioral Health will launch Mental Health First Aid for Veterans with leaders from veteran service organizations and fellow mental health leaders.

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans builds on the evidence-based training program for educators, community leaders, law enforcement and public safety officials.  Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have mental health conditions requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women – many experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans was developed by and for service members and offers participants a simple, proven combination of information and techniques to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and addiction.

Who:   Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health 
           Tom Tarantino, Policy Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
           Patrick Kennedy, Former member of Congress and Co-founder, One Mind
           Theresa Buchanan, Youth Initiatives Director, National Military Family Association
           Mental Health First Aid instructors and participants

When:   Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Where:   National Press Club
              529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
              Washington, DC 20045

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America's behavioral health organizations. Together with our 2,200 member organizations, we serve our nation's most vulnerable citizens — more than eight million adults and children with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 200,000 Americans.

Contact: Kirk Monroe[email protected] or 202-207-3646

SOURCE National Council for Behavioral Health

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