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President Trump Signs Major Veterans’ Mental Health Bill

VA Mental Health Bill Points

Major points of the 2020 VA Mental Health Bill signed into law by President Trump

On October 17th, the President signed The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act into law. Named in memory of retired Navy SEAL Commander John Scott Hannon, the bill will help former service members through more research and better access to care for mental health conditions.

The law will help connect more veterans with the life-saving mental health care they need and deserve

https://nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/President-Signs-Major-Veterans-Mental-Health-Bill

In The News: NAMI Brazos Valley / NAMI BV

November 16, 2020
VA Mental Health Bill Points

Major points of the 2020 VA Mental Health Bill signed into law by President Trump

On October 17th, the President signed The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act into law. Named in memory of retired Navy SEAL Commander John Scott Hannon, the bill will help former service members through more research and better access to care for mental health conditions.

The law will help connect more veterans with the life-saving mental health care they need and deserve

https://nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/President-Signs-Major-Veterans-Mental-Health-Bill

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    Military WomenAs we recognize Suicide Prevention Month, we can all agree that every suicide is a tragedy. Every life is precious and deserves help in times of crisis. What can we do if our friends, colleagues, or loved ones do not seek or want help? We cannot give up on anyone. If you are a Veteran who is experiencing a mental health crisis and thinking about self-harm—or if you know a Veteran who is considering this—please get help right away.

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    NAMI is all about overcoming stigma and accepting folks as they are. Here are events from across the state that address the current issues in our country and community.

    NAMI Gulf Coast

    Webinar: “Challenges Minorities Face In Mental Health Care”

    Monday, July 20, 2020, 1:00PM-2:00PM CT

    “NAMI Gulf Coast is inviting you to join us as we raise awareness, identify mental health  issues and engage in a   discussion about mental health among our minority population.

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    Jon Bennett

    NAMI-BV announces new ED Jon Bennett

    NAMI-Brazos Valley has hired Jon Bennett as Executive Director.

    Jon brings a wealth of experience developing and directing non-profit organizations in College Station, Texas. Jon served 23 years in Non-Profit TV& Radio and 18 of those years as Station Manager at KAMU-TV/FM. He has also taught and assisted in teaching journalism classes for many years at Texas A&M University.

    Jon is an active community volunteer, having served for 18 years as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 802 and 26 years total as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America – Sam Houston Area Council,

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    By Sandy Glover
    You can find this article, and more, at NAMI Blog.

    Back in the 1970s, my mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At the time, education on mental illness was lacking. Patients would go into inpatient facilities for months at a time, but once discharged, they were left to fend for themselves. They weren’t referred to outpatient therapists or offered outside classes for coping skills.

    My mother presented with signs of severe depression and psychosis that included auditory and visual hallucinations and delusions.

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