Welcome to Mental Health and Chaplaincy
Mental Health and Chaplaincy is a national initiative that aims to achieve a more collaborative system of care for the benefit of Veterans, Service members, and their families. Emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs are interconnected – the professionals and communities that attend to these needs should be coordinated and integrated for optimal care. Mental Health and Chaplaincy seeks to foster this care through a range of educational, research, clinical training, and community outreach activities.
The brief video below highlights faith community and clergy outreach offerings, and we invite you to further explore the site to learn more about our other areas of programmatic engagement.
Spotlight on the MHICS Chaplain Community
Chaplains Janet Hanson and Valerie Sanders (MHICS 2016 Cohort) and Patricia Roberts (MHICS Cohort 2017-2018)
- Published chapters 5 (Hanson), 6 (Sanders), and 11 (Roberts) in the 2018 book, Case studies in Spiritual Care, edited by George Fitchett and Steve Nolan.
Chaplain Gretchen Hulse (MHICS Cohort 2014-2015)
- Had her innovative Suicide Prevention Simulation Training featured on the VA Pittsburgh Website.
Chaplain Chris Antal (MHICS 2017-2018 Cohort)
- Had his collaborative Moral Injury group, co-led with Dr. Peter Yeomans, featured in the NY Times Magazine.
Chaplain Bruce Swingle (MHICS 2016 Cohort)
- Is part of a collaborative suicide prevention project that is a winner of the 2017 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge and was selected as a Gold Status Practice in the Third VHA Shark Tank Competition. His collaborative practice received the most bids ever in the VHA Shark Tank competition's history.
Chaplain Valerie Sanders (MHICS 2016 Cohort)
- Wrote a piece titled “The Gift of MHICS” in The Spirit of Chaplaincy for the May 2017 issue.
Chaplain Kerry Haynes (MHICS 2015 Cohort)
- Received the Undersecretary for Health’s award for Excellence in Clinical Staff Chaplaincy
- Named a Gold Status Fellow in 2016 for his Chaplain Groups for Veterans with Moral Injury, as a winner of the “Shark Tank” competition that is part of VHA’s Diffusion of Excellence Initiative