Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Spirituality and Mental Health
The Providence VA Medical Center hosted its annual Mental Health Summit Aug. 29.
The topic of this year's summit was "The Importance of Spirituality on Mental Health Outcomes and Suicide Prevention and Postvention,” featuring keynote speaker Dr. Marek S. Kopacz from the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, N.Y.
A growing body of research suggests that individuals with mental and physical disorders may experience improved health care outcomes when incorporating spiritual practices into their lives.
In his remarks, Kopacz reviewed research, provided information on treatment and reviewed spirituality’s role in suicide prevention and postvention, and discussed how spirituality can be incorporated in daily practice
More than 120 VA employees, Veterans and community partners attended the event.