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Monday, January 4, 2010

Virginia's Wounded Warrior Conference

The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is hosting Virginia is for Heroes 2010 in Richmond, Virginia on February 18th. The conference will address the support needed for veterans and their family members experiencing the effects of combat stress and traumatic brain injury.
On-line registration for the conference will begin on January 8, 2010. Please see the attached flyer and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services website ( for more information.
...from C. Sloan, SPM, Virginia Department of Health

Voices of Hope and Recovery

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Behavioral Services recently premiered a new film, “Voices of Hope and Recovery,” that documents the struggles and victories of five Virginians who have overcome mental illness to live life in their own communities. Created by award-winning Virginia filmmaker Robert Griffith, along with an original score by acclaimed Virginia singer/songwriter Steve Bassett, this film illustrates the power of hope and the possibility of recovery from serious mental illness. Though taking place in Virginia, these stories of hope and recovery could be happening anywhere in the country or the world. The five brave individuals featured in this film speak for millions of others who are on similar paths.
The film is now available online, found here: Please feel free to pass this link on to any interested parties. (Please note if you have difficulty playing the film, you may fix the problem by downloading the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.)
Below is an AP story on the film premiere.
...from C. Sloan, Suicide Prevention Manager, Virginia Department of Health