Mental Health Forum to Address Needs of Returning Veterans

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veterans mental health forumWith the United States fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is estimated that at least 40 percent of returning veterans will need some type of mental health service or support.

Returning veterans are invited to attend a free Veterans Forum on Friday, May 11, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow Street. The topics will be “Preparing for Our Returning Veterans” and “Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies.” The event, sponsored by the Long Beach Health Department, is limited to the first 250 people who sign up. 

“The City of Long Beach takes great pride in providing services to our returning veterans, and I sincerely hope that anyone who needs help will take advantage of this opportunity,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

Collaborative partners include California 54th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Jewish Family and Children Services, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, Agencies and Programs on Aging, Memorial Counseling Associates, Mental Health America Homeless Assistance Program, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Long Beach Chapter, and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and United States Veterans Initiative. This forum is being funded in partnership with County of Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District, and the City of Long Beach Health Department – Homeless Veterans Initiative Program.

“The Health Department staff is dedicated to working with the community to provide outreach and support for all veterans, including those returning from recent conflicts, who are in need of services in our community,” said Ronald R. Arias, Health Department Director.

For more information, contact Patti LaPlace, Mental Health Coordinator, at 562.216.1966 or


One Response to “Mental Health Forum to Address Needs of Returning Veterans”
  1. Judy Crumpton says:

    I am glad to read Mr. Arias’s comment to provide outreach and support for all veterans, yet the article does not mention those that served long ago in Viet Nam. These vets have been misunderstood and under served for many years. It is good that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something that has now been recognized and treatment is now available for vets that need it. The sad part is, there is not enough hospitals, doctors, etc. for the demand, and therefore, many go without proper treatment. You see them walking the streets of Long Beach disturbed and homeless.I feel we can do better! Nonetheless thanks for this event.