Karen Dickey, Executive Director of the Mental Health Coalition spoke at the April 17, 2013 Tipp City Rotary Meeting about Mental Health and an upcoming workshop. Making the transition back to civilian life and civilian work environments after serving in the field can be a difficult challenge, especially for the newer and younger generation of service men and women who were deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most soldiers return from war and resume a somewhat normal life, but many do not. All too frequently, regardless of if battle scars are visible or not; the trauma of combat leads to post traumatic stress, struggles with drug addiction or alcohol abuse, to outbursts of anger and violence at home or work, and even to petty crime or other reckless behavior that ends up in a confrontation with flashing lights and handcuffs or in divorce court.

The Mental Health Coalition is pleased to offer a training that is intended to teach people in our communities about how to best serve the growing wave of returning Veteran Service Members, assisting them to re-assimilate and reach their full potential. It is entitled, “WHEN TRAUMA DOESN'T BLEED – How to serve the Veterans that have served US”.

It will take place Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Edison Community College Theatre and the cost is only $40. Participants will learn “what every Veteran wants you to know”, and will also learn about signs and triggers of Post- Traumatic Stress, how traumatic brain injury may affect our Veterans and more. Colonel Kathy Platoni, Psy.D.; Clinical Psychologist, COL/MS/US Army Reserve, Army Reserve Psychology Consultant to the Chief, Medical Service Corp formulated the workshop and is presenting along with and Carolyn Givens, Executive Director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. This training session is open for anyone to register for.

In addition to being a great training session for HR Managers and Supervisors in our community, this course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Education for 3.5 Hours of General Instruction Credit and approved for 3.5 Social Worker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Counselor Units. Additional information on the training and how to register for it is available on the Mental Health Coalition website at www.mhcohio.org, or call the Mental Health Coalition at (937) 332-9293. Pictured are Karen Dickey & Program Chairperson Samuel Patry.