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MHAW – HALFWAY OR JUST THE BEGINNING?

Already in the middle of May, Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). The challenges will continue beyond the month’s confines. Whether your mental health journey is just beginning or a long road has already been traveled, you are not alone with the resources available.

VA provides mental health services for post-­traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST), depres­sion, grief, anxiety, and other needs. You may use some services even if you’re not enrolled in VA health care. If you have read my articles, then you already know the importance of enrollment in VA health care.

If you’re not yet sure where to start with VA mental health services, then call 877-222-8387 to find the right resources for your needs. The services and re­sources are available through in-person appoint­ments, an online self-help portal, smartphone apps, and telemental health (a live connection with men­tal health providers through a computer or mobile device).

You are only a phone call away from taking charge of your treatment and living a full and meaningful life. No one will judge you for hav­ing the strength and courage to ask for help (like the more than 1.7 million Veterans that received  mental health services at VA last year). You will be healthier and happier than the judgmental crea­tures. Be your own advocate and tell your provider about your needs.

The Two Harbors Suicide Awareness Walk, a community event, presented by Love Life. is be­ing held at Lakeview Park (1st Street and 3rd Av­enue in Two Harbors) on May 18, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Representatives from Lake County Vet­erans Services and VA Health Suicide Prevention Program will be attending in support and to pro­vide relevant information.

Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Volun­teers will place flags on marked Veterans’ graves in local cemeteries. A working party will assem­ble at 8:00 AM on Friday, May 24, at Lakeview Cemetery in TH. Anyone is welcome and the as­sistance is appreciated. Dress appropriately to in­clude footwear for possible wet conditions.

On Monday, May 27, the annual Two Harbors Community Memorial Day Program will be held at the TH High School auditorium. The TH City Band will begin playing at 9:30 AM with the for­mal program beginning at 10:00 AM. The program will move to Van Hoven Park – Edna G around 10:45 and will conclude at Lakeview Cemetery, Veterans section, flagstaff approximately 11:45 – noon.

After the program concludes, a free picnic-style luncheon will be offered at the American Legion Post 109, 614 1st Avenue, TH.

Brad Anderson and Melissa Crandall are the Lake County Veterans Service Officers and can be reached at 218.834.8326 or cvso@co.lake.mn.us Karen Christianson is the Cook County Veterans Service Officer and can be reached at 218.387.3639, or karen.christianson@co.cook.mn.us

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