Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition presented the 9th annual Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit in support of Suicide Prevention Month on September 10, 2019. The event took place at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, and focused on presenting and disseminating information and resources to veterans, service members, families and providers who work with the military community in Delaware.

The theme of the summit was Military Sexual Trauma and included workshops on Intimate Partner Violence, Behavioral Health Issues Facing Veterans, Suicide Bereavement, among many others. There was also a panel of peers (veterans from the VA) who are in recovery.

The day-long event was an excellent forum for sharing resources and increasing understanding of mental health issues in the military population in Delaware. Over 375 individuals attended the summit, and over 30 exhibitors provided information about their services in the community.

The recipient of this year’s Francis Graves Award for Exemplary Service to Veterans was Kevin Gunning.

The event was planned and executed by the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Military Subcommittee. We are so thankful for our Presenting Sponsors (WAWA Foundation, the Wilmington VA, and the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs) and all of our other generous sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The 2020 Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit will be on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Dover Downs. Registration information will be available here in the spring.