September News & Updates


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21 Ways to Be Kind to Our Mental Health
Stand Up for Recovery
Overdose Reversal Toolkit
Peer Support to Address Depression at Work
HSAG Behavioral Health Events
SAMHSA Webinar 

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2018 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
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21 Ways to Be Kind To Our Mental Health  

Research  indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. They may even live longer.  Practicing acts of kindness may seem like little things, but they will go a long way to making sure that you and your peers feel better about their lives and more hopeful about their futures.

Stand Up for Recovery Event at JesterZ Improv  

Aurora Behavioral Health and Awakening Recovery Center are honored to co-host this year's National Recovery Month Event: STAND UP FOR RECOVERY. This event will bring together communities, families, health care providers, 1st responders, members of the media, and policymakers highlighting the various entities that support recovery within Arizona. MHA AZ and Addiction Haven are proud agency recipients of funds raised during the event.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
6:00 PM Doors Open - Food, Fun, Giveaways, Resources
7:00 PM Opening Remarks
7:10 PM Comedy Improv Show by Jester'z
8:40 PM More Fun & Giveaways
This event is FREE to the public and something you will not want to miss! 

Overdose Reversal Toolkit

The new  Overdose Reversal Toolkit  has been released to empower patients, families and communities to come together and turn the tides of this deadly epidemic. This free resource contains training videos on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, information about how to administer naloxone, harm reduction education, resources and further reading.

Peer Support to Address Depression at Work

Depression costs over $51 billion in absenteeism and lost productivity at work in the United States and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the leading cause of disability worldwide.[ 1][ 2] Both in a business sense and a human sense, many of our workplaces are failing to promote wellbeing and support people living with depression.
Despite limited supports, people living with depression and other mental health conditions can and do succeed in the workplace. But, as the rates of depression continue to grow, it is clear new approaches are necessary to support and maintain an engaged, healthy workforce.

Health Services Advisory Group  
Behavioral Health Events

Take a look at the behavioral health events from Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), including an
October 25, in-person statewide system-wide session!
Topics and Registration links for the next three events are below (also please refer to the attached flyer):
  • Suicide Prevention Tips for Physicians, Clinical Staff, and Their Patients.  

  • HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 Regulations in Relation to Care Coordination Requirements for Providers.
    • An In-person* statewide system-wide session at HSAG: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8 a.m.-12 noon (AZ) Click here to register.

  • Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI): Similar but Very Different.


Assessing Workforce Readiness To Provide Comprehensive Suicide Care 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 |  1 - 2:30  p.m. Eastern Time
The presence of a competent, confident, and well-trained workforce at every level of care is critical to individuals at risk for suicide. Data from more than 15,000 health and behavioral health care staff who utilized an online  Zero Suicide Workforce Survey  indicate that, among those who interact with patients or clients, only half had received training in suicide screening or risk assessment, and only one-third felt strongly that they had the knowledge, skill, confidence, and comfort in providing care for individuals at risk for suicide.
Join SAMHSA for a webinar that presents the results from the Zero Suicide Workforce Survey, and learn about establishing a culture where staff training is a critical and ongoing part of providing care. 


NAMI Havasu Family to Family 12-week classes

Out of the Darkness Community Walk
September 22, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Buffalo Park, Flagstaff

Arizona Drug Summit:  Uniting for Solutions
September 24-25, 9 am to 4 pm, Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix  

Improv Comedy Night: Stand Up For Recovery
September 26th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Jester'z, 1061 N. Dobson Rd., #114, Mesa, AZ 85201

Free Screening: The S Word
September 26th, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Westword Ho, Phoenix

Timothy J. Schmaltz Leadership in Advocacy Awards Ceremony
September 27, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In Focus: A conference for Arizona's Peer Recovery Specialists
September 27-28th, 2018

MIKID Statewide Walk-A-Thon
October 20th, 2018

Millions for Tucson Raffle Benefitting Hope, Inc.
Drawing will take place on December 13th, 2018

Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings   
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care  Events
NAMI Arizona  Calendar


Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.A., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Charles Goldstein, M.D.
Laurie Goldstein
Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H.
Charles Montgomery 
Karen Pitico, L.C.S.W & M.P.H.
Myra Richman
Michael Shafer, Ph.D.
Detective Amanda Stamps
Mental Health America of Arizona