Events

Stories We Carry

September 30, 2014 5:00 PM
Dominican Center Room 218

In partnership with The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), Mount Saint Mary College will host Stories We Carry: Conversations that Create Community on Tuesday, September 30. 

The event, funded by The New York Community Trust, provides a safe, judgment-free space for students, civilians, veterans, their families, and the community to participate in meaningful, moderated conversations about the impact of war on all citizens.

Tens of thousands of active duty military personnel are returning from war and reintegrating into civilian life and their families. Many of them are either seeking opportunities to further their education or employment as they aim to transition into the college and business setting. Student veterans’ skills and life experiences add distinctive value to the university classroom. Over the next decade, the Department of Defense predicts a 20 percent increase annually of veterans attending college and bringing their unique talents and challenges to higher education institutions. With programs like Stories We Carry, students, both veteran and civilian, capture misperceptions, experiences, and stories about war in a united effort to support reintegration through expression.

“There is no organization in the country that brings veterans and civilians into community for the express purpose of transferring the weight of war back onto the shoulders of civilians on whose behalf veterans were sent,” said Scott Thompson, Director of MHA-NYC’s Veterans Mental Health Coalition, which improves access to, and quality of, behavioral health care for veterans, service members, and their families.

In addition to Stories We Carry and the Veterans Mental Health Coalition, MHA-NYC also operates the Veterans Crisis Line, which has answered over 1.1 million calls since 2007, and established the National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance, which operates three synergistic advisory councils including a Leadership Council on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. MHA-NYC’s veteran’s initiatives, while each with unique goals, overall connect veterans to resources that can help them cope with and overcome mental health challenges and foster greater access to care and support for veterans through policy and practice changes.

For more information, please contact Lisa Gallina at lisa.gallina@msmc.edu

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