Mental Health Initiative
As of the most recent census, an estimated 1,726,907 people live in Hampton Roads.
Of that number, an estimated 230,784 of those persons are Veterans- which means that nearly 30% of all Virginia's Veterans call Hampton Roads home. With each Veteran presenting with their own unique set of circumstances, needs, and access to resources, practitioners often face a distinct set of challenges in coordinating care amongst different organizations and services.
In response to these challenges, the Brock Institute partnered with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Hampton VA Medical Center to host a Joint Mental Health Summit: Addressing Addiction and Mental Health for Hampton Roads Veterans which took place on May 15, 2018 at EVMS.
Mental Health Summit: Past, Present, and Future
In the 2014 report, Behavioral Health Barometer for Virginia, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, alarming statistics regarding the scope of the problem served to further highlight challenges to providing care for those living with Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Highlights from Past Mental Health Summits:
The Brock Institute partners with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to jointly sponsor the
first Mental Health Summit in the Hampton Roads region.
Inaugural Mental Health Summit- July 23, 2014
During this summit, Working Groups were established to continue the efforts that were suggested
throughout roundtable discussions and brainstorming sessions.
2nd Annual Mental Health Summit: "Moving Forward With Hope"- January 13, 2016
The Mental Health Summit was moved to the month of May in recognition of
Mental Health Awareness Month.
3rd Annual Mental Health Summit:
"Mental Health Partners Pausing to Address the Opioid Crisis in Hampton Roads"- May 9, 2017
EVMS Mental Health Working Groups
Gathering Community Resources
Dispelling Stigma in Mental Health
Identifying a Single Access Point
Developping a White Paper for Hampton Roads to Address Mental Health Conditions