University of Memphis launches mental health clinic for veterans

The University of Memphis is planning a new outpatient clinic for veterans within its Psychological Services Center.

The Veterans Care Center’s focus will offer treatment strategies for coping with conditions often faced by veterans such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and anxiety. In addition to treatment, the VCC will facilitate research to develop new therapies.

U of M said in its March 7 announcement that the VCC will allow for greater continuity of care for veterans and could meet the specific needs of veterans by offering training and consultation for mental health care providers "who seek to understand, assess and treat the mental, emotional and behavioral wounds of war."

The VCC will collaborate with the Shelby County Veterans Court to provide psychological assessment and treatments as well as work with the U of M's Veterans Resource Center for consultation.

"The U of M is taking great strides toward providing a campus community that is inclusive and welcoming for our military veterans from the general Memphis community," said Dr. Jim Whelan, director of the Psychological Services Center.

 "This facility is another crucial step toward ensuring that we are equipped to meet the needs of our servicemen and women."

The university said the VCC will provide mental health care to veterans "regardless of era, gender, discharge status or service connection” as well as offer services to military and veteran families.

Read more articles by J. Dylan Sandifer.

J. Dylan Sandifer is a freelance writer living in Memphis since 2008. They have also contributed writing and research for MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, VICE News, and Choose901. 
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