Gulf Coast VA to host annual Community Mental Health Summit event - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


Gulf Coast VA to host annual Community Mental Health Summit event

July 27, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. – The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System will host its annual Community Mental Health Summit event 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8. Media representatives are invited to cover the event.

This regional event will take place in the Port City Room of the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, located at 155 South Water Street.

This year’s summit event is focused on bringing together VA and community organizations from across the gulf coast to prevent Veteran suicide and improve access to mental health treatment for Veterans. Representatives from VA and community behavioral health, health care, and social services agencies, as well as key leaders of local Veteran Service Organizations, have been invited.
Bob Curry, founder and president of Dryhootch of America, and combat Vietnam Veteran, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. As stated on the organization’s website, “Hootch” is military jargon for a hut or safe place to sleep during combat. The term “dry” denotes the organization’s mission to provide a social gathering place for Veterans that is free of alcohol – one of the major problems plaguing Veterans of all eras. As such, the concept behind “Dryhootch” was a desire to establish a café-like environment dedicated to “helping Veterans who survived the war, survive the peace.”

The summit’s agenda also includes a Tai Chi demonstration, and discussions on various topics such as: suicide prevention, peer support, early intervention for mental health and much more. Media representatives are encouraged to attend the event anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to cover some of these agenda highlights. 

If interested in covering this event, please reply to Jerron Barnett, GCVHCS Public Affairs Specialist, at, or 850-912-2380 by Aug. 7.