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Comrades and Auxiliary from VFW California District 1 attended training and outreach at Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867 in Lakeside to spread awareness and help stop the stigma associated with mental health. Comrades from VFW California walked in support of suicide prevention during the annual Out of the Darkness walk in downtown San Diego, Oct. 2018. Comrade Miranda Williams discusses the five signs of suffering during Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867's Oct. 2017 Change Direction event. The event helps raise awareness in the community to stop the stigma of mental health issues. Dr. Nancy Lin, Go to Sleep San Diego, talks to the group during a discussion panel led by mental health professionals. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. District 1 Senior Vice Commander Steven Williams shows his support of Veterans and understanding the five signs of mental suffering. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. The second Change Direction event for Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867 was held May 2017. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Comrade Bart Gillard shows his commitment to understanding the five signs of mental suffering and helping to change the direction of the stigma surrounding mental health. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. The first Change Direction event for Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867 was held Oct. 2016. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Post Commander Steven Williams (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Chaplain Scott Shields (left) for his support of Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867's second Change Direction event, held May 2017. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Comrades Josh Erickson and Chriszma Erickson pledge their support to understanding the five signs of mental suffering during Carter-Smith VFW Post 5867's first Change Direction event, Oct. 2016. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Auxiliary Member Candace Berry pledges her support of Veterans and understanding the five signs of mental suffering during a Change Direction event. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Comrade Lynda Vosbein pledges her support of other Veterans and understanding the five signs of mental suffering, Oct. 2017. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Comrade Miranda Williams pledges to understand the five signs of mental suffering, Oct. 2017. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Carter-Smith VFW Post participates in the annual San Diego Veterans Day parade, displaying the Post's Change Direction banner. Comrade Miranda Williams holds a Change Direction/Stop the Stigma sign during the Lakeside Western Days Parade, April 2017. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Comrades, Auxiliary and Post Youth sit in the Carter-Smith VFW Post float waiting for the parade to start, April 2018. The Post proudly displays their Change Direction/Stop the Stigma banner. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Carter-Smith VFW Post proudly displays their Change Direction/Stop the Stigma banner during the Lakeside Western Days Parade, April 2018. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.